CHICAGO, IL – The Independence Day Holiday turned into a weekend of mourning for the city of Chicago.
From Thursday afternoon through early Monday morning, at least 82 people were shot – 14 fatally.
The youngest killed was only 14 years old.
This weekend saw the most gun violence in Chicago this year, though the windy city is not exactly a stranger to crime.
During this same weekend last year, 75 people were injured and 12 killed in shootings across the city.
So what makes Chicago such a hotbed for gun crime? Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy isn’t shy about sharing his theory.
“Everybody asks me what’s different between New York and Chicago,” he said. “I can tell you very simply, the proliferation of fire arms.”
To combat gang violence and a high murder rate, the city has been flooding dangerous neighborhoods with hundreds of officers.
The homicide rate had been falling recently, but this weekend shows it’s too soon to celebrate any successes.
It seems no matter how many officers patrol the windy city streets, it just isn’t enough to stop the bloodshed.