Apparently, the criminal element in Chicago doesn’t take time off at Christmas. An alarming number of shootings and connected fatalities took place in the city this weekend.

ABC News reports:

Bloody Year in Chicago Continues with 12 Killings Over Christmas Weekend

Two men gunned down on a porch in Chicago on Christmas Day were among 12 people slain in the city, where an epidemic of killings continued during the holiday weekend.

The killings were among 27 shooting incidents occurred from Friday evening to Sunday evening, according to Chicago police. Police said 90 percent of the victims had gang affiliations.

“We had a reprehensible amount of shootings and murders” this weekend Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

That number of killings is double the amount from last Christmas weekend when six people were killed, according to The Chicago Tribune. And last year’s tally ran from Thursday evening to Sunday evening, covering one more day than this year.

The bloody Christmas weekend comes toward the end of a record year of violence in the nation’s third-largest city. More than 750 people have been killed in Chicago in 2016, marking the first time in nearly two decades that the number slain has exceeded 700, according to the Tribune.

According to this report from CNN, some officials are calling for more gun control, despite the fact that Chicago already has incredibly strict gun laws.


Here’s the Chicago Tribune report referenced above which seems to be the most up to date:

57 shot, 11 fatally, over Christmas weekend

irteen people wounded in shootings Monday morning and afternoon brought to more than 50 the number of people shot since Christmas weekend began Friday afternoon.

Eleven of the 57 people shot between about 4:50 p.m. Friday and about the same time Monday died from their wounds. More than a dozen others were listed in serious or critical condition.

The city has seen eight multiple-victim shootings, including two double homicides. One was an attack in the East Chatham neighborhood that left five dead and two wounded, and an attack in the Austin neighborhood left two dead.

Much of the violence happened in areas “with historical gang conflicts on the south and west side of Chicago,” said Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department. He also referenced the department’s “strategic subject list,” which is generated daily from a computerized algorithm and assigns a score from 1 to 500 based on such factors as a person’s arrests and the activities of his associates. Those people with a score in the upper 200s or higher are considered in danger of being shot or of shooting someone else.

Someone has actually created a website to track these shootings.

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