Gun violence roils sweltering Chicago: 41 shot, 5 fatally, police say

Police respond to a shooting in Chicago on Sunday Aug. 5 2018.                        WFLD

The Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune compiled the totals.

"The city of Chicago experienced a violent night", Bureau of Patrol Chief Fred Waller said Sunday afternoon.

The city's police chief said some of the incidents were targeted and others were gang related.

CHICAGO: A burst of shootings over the weekend left 12 people dead and dozens more wounded in Chicago, the latest evidence of runaway gun violence in the third largest United States city.

30 of the shootings and several deaths occurred in one three-hour period on Sunday morning between midnight and 3 am.

Police are also investigating an eleventh murder- a 32-year-old woman who was found dead around 9 p.m. Sunday in a bathtub with her hands and feet bound.

President Trump said past year he was sending in federal help to fight the gun violence in the city because it had reached "epidemic proportions".

Chicago has recorded more than 300 murders in 2018, more than any other US city. CPD said the majority of the shootings took place in the six, tenth and 11th districts and that gunmen shot into large crowds.

"All of us who love this city and call it home have a responsibility to heal our neighbourhoods", he said.

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Officer Hannah Warren, a spokeswoman for the department, said police could not immediately confirm the numbers but would be conducting a news conference later Sunday.

Chicago police are working with federal authorities to help prevent more violent crimes in the city.

Local media reported that the brunt of the violence happened in the city's West Side, where 25 people were shot in separate attacks.

This comes just days after Superintendent Eddie Johnson visited ABC7 and talked about decreasing crime numbers and overall violence in Chicago.

Chicago has struggled with high shooting and murder rates in recent years and Waller said shootings were down 30 per cent from 2017, and murders are down 25 per cent.

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.

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

Giuliani cited the murders as an endorsement for former policeman Garry McCarthy for mayor, who Giuliani says can lower the city's homicide rate.

More than 5,500 illegal guns have been confiscated on the street this year.

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