Chicago night of terror throwback to violent NY of 1980

Marsha Scott
August 7, 2018

Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said during a Sunday press conference that most of the shootings were being traced back to gangs.

Forty-four people were shot across the Midwestern US city of Chicago Sunday, US media reported, with five killed in a wave of violence police branded "totally unacceptable".

At a news conference, Mr Johnson said that police had "really good leads on quite a few" of the suspected shooters, but no arrests have been made.

The shooting with the most victims left eight people wounded in a South Side neighborhood after a group of men walked up to the eight people standing in a courtyard and opened fire, the Sun-Times reported.

The youngest survivor is an 11-year-old shot in the leg.

The Chicago Tribune quotes Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham: "The city and the attorney general have set a unsafe precedent by granting these groups influence into the policy of the Chicago Police Department".

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Ira Acree, co-chairman of the Leaders Network-Chicago and a pastor on the city's West Side, said this weekend's horrific violence underscores that two Chicago's exist-one that is thriving and largely inoculated from the shootings and another that's been ravaged by disinvestment and indifference from the city's politicians.

"An offender or some type of rival gang sees a large group of people. and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit", he said. "What worries me is in certain areas of the city we begin to normalize these things".

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson reacted angrily Monday to one of Chicago's bloodiest weekends of the year, calling on neighbors to come forward to help police stem the runaway violence. More from ABC11: Henderson march organizers urge end to city violenceThe most recent shooting took place near the 2600 block of South State Street just before 8 p.m. There were more than sixty people shot over the weekend, with ten dead.

The mayor said solving the city's violent crime problems is about more than reforms at the Chicago Police Department, or providing more jobs in the city. According to local reports, 25 were shot during five attacks in less than three hours alone.

"I promise we will not be defeated", Waller said.

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

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