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Chicago Shootings Spike Amid Weekend Violence

A bloody weekend in Chicago boosted the variety of shootings and homicides which have occurred within the metropolis up to now this yr.

In response to The Chicago Tribune, the violence started round 3:40 a.m. Saturday, with a taking pictures in Woodlawn. The sufferer in that incident – a 40-year-old man ― was reportedly hospitalized in crucial situation.

The depend continued to climb all through the weekend, totaling eight shootings by midnight Sunday.

The variety of homicides was additionally bumped up a notch with the killing of a 21-year-old West Aspect man. In response to police, the sufferer was shot within the face and fell useless on the street.

The Chicago Tribune, which tracks violent crimes, reported the weekend violence raised the variety of taking pictures victims this yr to 611, and the variety of homicides to 127.

That may be a highly effective lot of killing and violence. Nonetheless, it’s additionally suggestive of a seamless downward pattern. This time final yr the variety of shootings had already peaked at 901; in 2016, it was 946, the Tribune reported.

Chicago police didn’t reply to a request for remark from HuffPost concerning the knowledge.

Final yr, the downturn in violence was credited to new methods and expertise.

In a Could 2017 interview with CBS Chicago, police spokesman Eddie Johnson mentioned the division had taken a number of measures to cut back crime. A community of monitored surveillance cameras had been reportedly put in all through town and “ShotSpotter” gunshot detection expertise was put in in areas liable to violence. The detection expertise is able to detecting the sound of a gunshot and figuring out the realm by which it originated.

“We put these new strategic help facilities in each of these districts, so lots of that expertise helps us be extra proactive in the way in which that we deploy,” Johnson mentioned. “So it offers these commanders real-time info in order that they will change their deployments.”

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