78 Shot As Warm Weather Hits Chicago


From USA Today:

At least 78 people have been shot in the nation’s third-largest city since Monday, a troubling uptick of violence for a metropolis that has seen some recent success in reducing shooting incidents.

The surge in violence, which includes five people who have been fatally shot, comes as Chicago Police Department officials have expressed optimism in recent months that gun violence was on the downward trend in a city that tallied more than 1,400 homicides in 2016 and 2017 combined.

Chicago recorded a 22.3% reduction in murders and a 26.5% decline in shooting incidents for the first four months of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017, according to police department data. April also marked the 14th consecutive month in which Chicago recorded a decline in gun violence, according to police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

But as the weather has warmed — Chicago endured the fourth-coldest April on record this year but saw temperatures rise this week — the city has seen a spasm of violence.

At least 28 people were shot between Friday evening and early Sunday, according to police.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson hold a press conference flanked by community activists, local politicians and families of gun violence victims to urge Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign a gun legislation bill that has been approved by the Legislature on March 12, 2018, in Chicago.

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