At least 74 people were shot in one of the most violent weekends of the year in Chicago, spurred by a 7-hour period early Sunday morning when 40 people were shot.
Between 3 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday morning, 11 people were killed and 63 were wounded, according to Tribune data. Their ages spanned from 11 to 62 years old, and most of those shot were attacked on the South and West sides.
Chicago politicians to Trump: Less talk, more action on gun violence
CHICAGO -- Thousands of anti-violence protesters marched along a Chicago interstate on Saturday, shutting down traffic in an effort to draw attention to the gun violence that's claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods and pressure public officials to do more to stop it.
Toward the front of the march, Rev. Michael Pfleger, who organized the protest, Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson and the Rev. Jesse Jackson linked arms.
Chicago police said the city had 252 homicides and 1,100 shootings in the first six months of this year, a decrease from the same period last year. But those crimes have been heavily concentrated in predominantly black, low-income neighborhoods.
Last year, young men on the city's South and West Sides told CBS News how easy it is to obtain illegal guns, and why many never leave their homes without one.
There has been bipartisan passed legislation to address one aspect of this problem
CHICAGO — After President Trump assailed violence in Chicago during his first major address to Congress, the city’s mayor offered a blunt response: More action and less talk on the issue from the president would be helpful.
Trump has hammered repeatedly at Chicago’s murder rate – the city tallied more murders than New York and Los Angeles combined last year – and during his Tuesday address he described the shootings and killings in the nation’s third largest city as something “not acceptable in our society.”
But once again, Trump didn’t offer any specifics on how he would go about fixing Chicago’s violence problem.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has met in recent weeks with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner to talk about the violence. The mayor has called on Trump to push for more federal gun prosecutions in the city, increase the number of federal ATF agents in Chicago, and boost funding for mentoring, after-school and summer jobs programs for young people in some of Chicago’s most violence-plagued neighborhoods.
Rick wrote: I predict Rahm gets his ass handed to him in November... Chicago voters can't be that stupid.