44 people shot within 14 hrs in Chicago

Two males were shot Saturday morning in the 6800 block of South Wood. | Google

Two males were shot Saturday morning in the 6800 block of South Wood. | Google

In the city's Gresham community, eight people were shot and injured when several gunmen opened fire outside a building in the 1300 block of West 76th Street, the Chicago Police Department said. Four people were wounded, including a 13-year old boy, a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 25-year-old woman.

The series of shootings culminated in a chaotic scene Sunday morning at Stroger Hospital, where victims' families and friends were blocked from entering the emergency room as the staff dealt with the influx of trauma patients.

At least one of the victims treated at Stroger Hospital later died.

Police blamed the spike in shootings largely on gang conflicts, while experts pointed to the hot summer which has descended on the Windy City and its effect on crime rates.

In a hastily called news conference Sunday night, after reporters sought answers about the weekend's bloodshed, Chicago Police Department said numerous incidents were the result of gang conflicts. He says they "shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit".

But Waller said so far this year, there has been a reduction in shootings of over 30 percent in Chicago, while murders are down by 25 percent.

"We won't be defeated". We won't be overrun by that small element that's committing these reckless acts'.

"It is important to know that we at the FOP have tried to work with the attorney general of the state of IL, and they've refused to listen to us", Graham said during a press conference at the police union's headquarters.

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The families and friends wait outside Stroger Hospital Sunday morning.

Shootings killed at least five people and hurt at least 53 over the weekend between 5 p.m. Friday and midnight on Monday.

Of those who reported an age, the victims were between 11 and 62 years old. A 32-year-old man was shot twice in the arm and a 33-year-old man was shot in the hip.

A 14-year-old boy was on the 200 block of South Pulaski around 2:50 a.m. when he heard shots and was wounded in the leg.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson planned a Monday news conference to discuss the violence.

The spate of shootings this weekend started only a day after a group of about 150 anti-violence activists briefly shut down Lake Shore Drive on Thursday with a protest march to Wrigley Field.

Hospitals in Chicago were overwhelmed this weekend dealing with the victims of gun violence.

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