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Weekend Shootings in Chicago Result in 69 Shot, 6 Dead, Say Police

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By    |   Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:25 PM

Memorial Day weekend shootings in Chicago topped last year's total but the resulting deaths were less than in 2015, authorities told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday.

Chicago Police reported that 69 people were shot over the long weekend with six of those victims dying. In 2015, there were 56 people shot, resulting in 12 deaths.

The shootings continued the increasing trend of Chicago shooting violence. Authorities reported more than 50 people were shot over Mother's Day weekend earlier this month, with eight of them dying, the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.

That weekend included a 3.5-hour period early Saturday morning where one man was killed and 14 wounded, roughly working out to one person being shot every 14 minutes, stated the Tribune.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Johan Jean, 39, died late Monday caught in the middle of a dispute between his girlfriend and another woman he had a child with. Jean died at Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston at 11:44 p.m. after he was found in the 6400 block of North Rockwell, Chicago Police said.

"A source said the shooting stemmed from a dispute between two women," wrote the Sun-Times. "One of them has a child with the man and the other was his girlfriend. Both women were armed, and the man was eventually shot during the argument. No weapons were recovered from the scene."

Authorities told the Sun-Times that no one was in custody and detectives continued to investigate the shooting.

Chicago Police 1st deputy superintendent John Escalante told WMAQ-TV that they plan on increasing patrol along Lake Shore Drive where a 15-year-old girl was shot while riding in a car with a documented gang member on Saturday.

"As we've said before, it's about 1,500 people that are driving the violence," Escalente said, reported WMAQ-TV. "Those are the people we're trying to concentrate on."
 
Chicago activist Tio Hardiman told WMAQ-TV that the police need the community help in stemming the continued wave of violence.

"The police cannot stop the killings in the Chicagoland area and it's not their fault," Hardiman said to WMAQ-TV. "The community needs to organize in high numbers and work with these guys on street corners in an aggressive way."

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