Violent Chicago weekend leaves at least 10 dead, dozens hurt


In one shooting in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood, eight people were shot - including four teenage girls.

No one is in custody in connection with the shooting. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that 70 people were shot and 11 died. Chicago's murder rates also dropped significantly previous year, dropping from 771 in 2016 to 650 in 2017, according to local affiliate CBS Chicago. The violence was so severe the emergency department at Mount Sinai stopped accepting cases "just because of the sheer amount of shootings", spokesman Dan Regan told the Tribune. The assailant then got back into the auto and drove north on State Street, police said. A 37-year-old man was shot in the right calf and hospitalized in stable condition, a 21-year-old man was shot in the upper thigh and hospitalized in stable condition and another male victim was shot and is hospitalized.

"I promise this city, we won't be defeated", he vowed during the press conference.

Police also noted that numerous shootings were in four police districts, including the West Side's Harrison, Ogden and Austin police districts, that have struggled with violent crime this year.

They suffered gunshot wounds to the legs, buttocks, hands and a graze wound to the head, police said.

Emanuel says the weekend shootings were concentrated in just a few neighborhoods on Chicago's West and South Sides, in areas where street gangs are entrenched.

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"Over the past 24 hours, Stroger's trauma unit received an unusually high volume of patients", Stroger Hospital said in a statement. Five other victims were rushed to the hospital.

A man wipes his eyes outside the Stroger Hospital in Chicago, after leaving the emergency room due to overwhelming crowds of family and friends of shooting victims August 5, 2018. Eddie Johnson on Monday asked people to stop pointing frustrated fingers at the police and start pointing them at the gunmen who are pulling triggers.

As for Mayor Emanuel, Ford said, "He must take away the thought that Chicago is a Trump-free zone because taxpayers deserve to have the president come in bring resources to the community".

It was created to help curb the flow of illegal guns and to target repeat gun offenders, who authorities say are responsible for the city's violence problem.

An explosion of drive-by shootings erupted on Chicago's South and West sides this weekend. "I hear people holding us accountable all the time", Johnson said.

"We all live in this city".