Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Not so Merry Christmas in Chicago

It was a grim holiday weekend in Chicago, where the Chicago Tribune counted 61 shooting victims from Friday afternoon to Monday night, the Christmas weekend. Eleven were killed and more than a dozen others were in serious or critical condition. Authorities said eight of the shootings had multiple victims, including two double homicides. 
The number of people shot over the holiday weekend also sharply outpaced recent years. During the Christmas weekend in 2015, 29 people were shot and seven of them died. In 2014, when Christmas fell on a Thursday, the four-day weekend included 35 people shot and seven people killed, according to Tribune data.
One was an attack this year in the East Chatham neighborhood that left two dead and five others wounded, and an attack in the Austin neighborhood left two dead. The violence added to the tolls this year in Chicago, where more than 700 homicides have been recorded with more than 4,000 people shot — a level of violence not seen in Chicago since the late 1990s. Last year, 488 people were killed in Chicago.
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