Chicago weekend gun violence kills at least 11, injures about 70

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"We have a heavy heart". Police said they've been working around the clock this weekend and that the department has seen a citywide reduction in shootings by 17 percent this year.

Shootings killed at least 11 people and hurt about 70 over the weekend between 5 p.m. Friday and midnight on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

During an especially bloody Sunday in Chicago, 44 people were shot in the space of 14 years in a disturbing spree of unrelated gun violence which left five people dead. Three other people were wounded, one of them critically, and treated at various hospitals.

"The city is lost", a federal prosecutor tells me. "This isn't a widespread issue among citizens of this city". During a Sunday news conference, Waller voiced frustration with gang members whom he blamed for taking advantage of large summer crowds to use as cover while seeking revenge. "We are better than what we saw".

"It's no secret that we had an unacceptably violent weekend", Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said.

"Don't think for a moment people don't know who in the neighborhood was responsible", he said. "CPD can be better, but this city can be better", Johnson said.

The witness was very specific about the shooter walking away. "Somebody knows who did it", said Johnson, his voice rising.

Giuliani also encouraged Chicagoans to support Garry McCarthy, the city's former police superintendent and now candidate challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel - though he misspelled McCarthy's first name.

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"We have a heavy heart", Emanuel said at a news conference today.

Ford said the US sends billions of dollars to underdeveloped countries that are similarly rife with crime, but does not do the same in Chicago and elsewhere domestically.

"I hear people holding us accountable all the time", he continued. I never hear that. "They get a pass from everybody". "It's the same individuals that continuously commit these crimes". It's only because of Democrat brain washing that he has even a chance of remaining.

"Instead of facing this horrific condition head-on, with community-based solutions for this human carnage of African-American children, this mayor wants to talk about how the murder rate is going down".

But it's not just conservatives who are outraged.

Emanuel and Johnson say the weekend shootings were concentrated in just a few neighborhoods on Chicago's West and South Sides, in areas where street gangs are entrenched.

The mayor had no immediate comment on Giuliani's attacks. "This generation of kids has grown up with no one daring to touch them".

Emanuel fired McCarthy back in 2015 after a backlash over his handling of the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald, who was shot more than a dozen times by a white police officer. Police say the violence is unacceptable and they say they continue to take illegal guns off the streets.

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