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A Fourth of July of extreme violence weekend in Chicago

A few days after the “Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force” was created in Chicago to combat gun violence,  an interval of extraordinary violence took place in this town as more than 100 people were shot and 15 killed between Friday and early Wednesday morning.

Only in a 12-hour span from 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, at least 42 people were shot in the city, including a 13-year-old boy and a 60 year-old-man. More than 1,000 extra officers however were on the street. The number of shootings during the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago is usually high but this was the deadliest July 4th  of the years. Last year’s July 4th weekend ended with 50 people shot and three dead. This weekend’s toll included a Cook County judge’s son, shot and wounded Friday night after attending the funeral of a friend who was fatally shot last month. The number of homicides in Chicago exceeded 323 in the first half of 2017.

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“The goal is to prosecute as many of these guys as possible federally where they will serve longer prison terms,” the head of the Chicago Police Department’s organized crime unit, Anthony Riccio, said about Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force. 58 people were arrested now. 10 of those people were previously arrested on gun charges.  41 are documented gang members and 11 were on parole already. 38 are previously convicted felons, police say. Authorities try many initiatives to stop violence. A such program developed in the area of 16th and Avers in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood is encouraging kids to put down the guns and pick up the boxing gloves.

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