GANGLAND: 53 Shot, 10 DEAD Over the Weekend in 'GUN FREE' Chicago

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A series of shootings took place in Chicago this weekend, leaving four people dead and at least 40 injured in a burst of gun violence over a seven-hour period from around midnight Saturday to early Sunday morning, according to city police officials.

Since Friday at 5:00 p.m., 57 Chicagoans have been gunned down.

"The Riverwalk changed the way people interact with the Chicago River, transforming the waterfront into the city's next recreational frontier", Mayor Emanuel said.

"These were both random and targeted shootings on our streets", said Fred Waller, Chief of the Patrol Division of the Chicago Police Department, in a press conference.

"Detectives are working around the clock to investigate the incidents, build a timeline of events and identify any shooter", he also said, WLS reported.

Young children were caught up in the violence as a 13-year-old boy was shot twice in the right arm and an 11-year-old boy was shot in the leg in separate incidents, police said.

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While Chicago did have a major spike in murders in 2016, with more than 700 homicides for the first time in almost 20 years, murders actually peaked in the city in the 1970s and 1990s; with the city seeing 970 homicides in 1974, and topping 900 murders three times in the mid 90s.

Earlier this month, the Chicago Tribune reported that there had been 532 fewer shootings this year compared to 2017. And Giuliani credited McCarthy with being among the people behind a New York City program that reduced murders there. Policing genius Jerry McCarthy can do for Chicago what I did for NYC.

"They underscore the real problem of violent criminals who use illegal guns in some of our communities without the fear of consequences of their actions". All were transported to area hospitals in stable condition.

"I promise we will not be defeated", Waller said. Meanwhile, over the weekend, crowds of different grieving families gathered in the parking lots of emergency rooms across the city as hospitals were inundated with patients wounded by bullets.

"Over the past 24 hours, Stroger's trauma unit received an unusually high volume of patients", said Caitlin Polochak, the hospital's communications manager.

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