Eleven killed and nearly 70 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

7700 block of South South Shore

"I just want people to cooperate and let kids live".

In one the largest shootings, at least eight people were shot in the city's South Side Gresham neighbourhood as several people, including a 14-year-old girl, were standing in a courtyard early Sunday morning, the Chicago Tribune reports. The shooting took place at 4 a.m.in the 1600-block of North LeClaire Avenue. A 32-year-old man was shot twice in the arm and a 33-year-old man was shot in the hip. The victims were all hospitalized in stable condition, according to WLS-TV. 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.

Access to Stroger Hospital was tightened.

A man wipes his eyes outside the Stroger Hospital in Chicago, after leaving the emergency room due to overwhelming crowds of family and friends of shooting victims August 5, 2018.

The level of violence Sunday made it hard for police and hospitals to keep track. Mt. Sinai's emergency room shut down for several hours due to the overload of bodies; in May, the entire hospital went into lockdown following a virtual riot in its lobby among gangbangers, reported Tribune columnist John Kass.

An earlier wave of shootings in Chicago emerged as a talking point for Republican Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign, as he pledged to crack down on street crime. "We are asking the families of trauma patients to limit visitation at this time to immediate family members only so staff may focus on patient care".

A spike in gun violence on Chicago's streets during the weekend prompted an impassioned news conference by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Monday morning.

An explosion of drive-by shootings erupted on Chicago's South and West sides this weekend.

Asked why, if the good outweigh the bad, members of the community are not stepping up to help identify shooters, Johnson said: "That's a question we've been asking for quite some time, so, listen, that's something they have to do better at". Although the drop was significant, it exceeded the combined number of killings in New York City and Los Angeles, which are the two U.S. cities bigger than Chicago.

It was created to help curb the flow of illegal guns and to target repeat gun offenders, who authorities say are responsible for the city's violence problem. "Not just our police officers". "He is out of touch with our neighbors in the neediest communities and he is failing them....to death".

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