Another Bloody Chicago Weekend: 82 Shot, 14 Killed

Posted: Jul 07, 2014 1:00 PM

Gun control in Chicago worked really well over the Independence Day holiday weekend as 82 people were shot and 14 were killed in multiple deadly gang rampages. More from the Chicago Tribune:

Five of the people were shot by police over 36 hours on Friday and Saturday, including two boys 14 and 16 who were killed when they allegedly refused to drop their guns.

Many of the long weekend's shootings were on the South Side, clustered in the Englewood, Roseland, Gresham and West Pullman neighborhoods that rank among the most violent in the city.

The victims ranged from the 14-year-boy shot by police in the Old Irving Park neighborhood to a 66-year-old woman grazed in the head as she walked up the steps of her porch on the Far South Side. Most victims were in their late teens and 20s.

Each night of the long holiday weekend, at least a dozen people were shot in the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year.

Earlier this year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy were accused of cooking the books on "plummeting" crime rates. In March, Emanuel proposed a series of new gun control laws, which include video recording every gun sale made at a dealership.

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