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Chicago Shootings Spike Over Holiday Weekend; 82 Shot, 14 Fatally

By    |   Monday, 07 July 2014 06:06 PM

Eighty-two people were shot in Chicago over an unusually violent Fourth of July weekend, and 14 of them died.

Dozens of shootings marred the weekend as police responded to numerous calls, sometimes calling in helicopters and SWAT teams, the Chicago Tribune said.

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One South Chicago incident turned into a shootout when a couple was wounded on a porch, two people fired back, and a chase began. More shots were exchanged, the Tribune said, and a man sitting outside was wounded.

The Tribune called the time from 2:30 p.m. Sunday to 3:30 a.m. Monday “the bloodiest stretch of the weekend,” and it resulted in four deaths and 26 people being wounded.

Two boys, aged 14 and 16 years, were among five people shot over the weekend by Chicago police, the Tribune said. Police said the boys refused to drop their guns.

The other three people were injured in separate engagements.

Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters he wasn’t sure if “a fatigue factor” contributed to the violent weekend.

"It was yesterday that we lost it," McCarthy said, according to the Tribune. "We're square-rooting nine ways from Sunday what is it that happened. Was it a fatigue factor? Did we give people off? Because the fireworks (at Navy Pier) were Friday and Saturday,” the Tribune quoted McCarthy. “That's where we had a lot of folks deployed during those timeframes. So we’re constantly looking at what's going on, refining what we’re doing and figuring out how to do it better.”

McCarthy noted the difference between his time as deputy commissioner in New York to working in Chicago.

“Everyone asks me what the difference is between New York and Chicago and I can tell you quite simply: proliferation of firearms," he said, according to ABC News. “There's a greater sanction for the gang members to lose that firearm from their gang than there is to go to jail."

He added that in New York or Newark, the suspects would toss away their weapons during a chase, but in Chicago they tend to keep the guns and shoot at police.

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