Gun violence continues to surge in Chicago

Chicago News USA

Updated 9:54 am PDT, Wednesday, June 3, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — A surge of gun violence over the past two weekends in Chicago is continuing with more than 20 people shot in a 12-hour period.

The spate of shootings has left the city with more homicides than either of the last two years during the same period and puts the city on a similar pace as in 2016 and 2017 — two of the most violent years in Chicago since the 1990s.

The Chicago Tribune reports there have been more than 1,200 people shot in Chicago this year and there have been more than 220 homicides — the vast majority of which were shooting deaths.

The gun violence surged over the long Memorial Day weekend, when nine people were killed and another 27 wounded in shootings.

The gun violence climbed more dramatically last weekend when Chicago, like many cities across the country, erupted in violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck days earlier.

The Tribune reported that the weekend ended with more than 80 people shot — nearly 20 of them fatally.

Police say that none of the people shot in the 12-hour period that ended early Wednesday have died.

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