Chicago’s Six Dead, 41 Injured from Guns Over Weekend: 2012 Was Worse


Soon after Chicago’s declining crime rate was featured in the New York Times, the city’s most violent weekend this year left at least 41 people injured and six others dead from gunfire, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Those killed ranged in age from 16 to 40. “I had a family from my parish tell me recently that their 10-year-old son didn't want to come back to Chicago from vacation because of the violence,” said Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of a church about a mile from the site of one of the shootings. Overall the number of homicides is down this year when compared to the same time last year. The decline has prompted Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy to tout the effectiveness of revamped police tactics. While acknowledging the extent of the weekend bloodshed, police spokesman Adam Collins noted that the same weekend last year had more shootings. “While we've had fewer murders to date this year than any year since the mid-1960s, there's more work to be done and we won't rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety,” he said.

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