Dozens of people have been shot in Chicago since the start of the Fourth of July weekend despite increased police attention in the areas known for the most violence.
The Chicago Tribune reported that between Sunday afternoon and early Monday alone, 12 people were shot in a 14 hour span. The paper put the number of those injured at 32.
After a month in which nearly 15 people were shot every day, Chicago Police announced a July 4 weekend show of force that included thousands more officers on the streets, officers toting high-powered weapons at airports and teams of officers patrolling the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods, tourist attractions, train stations and parks.
“I’m sick and tired and I know that the people living in those communities are tired of it (the gun violence),” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Friday. “If it takes 5,000 officers over the weekend, then it takes that.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that some of the injuries included a 15-year-old boy shot in the foot and a 17-year-old hit in the thigh. One man was killed.
The weekend has been bloody in the past in neighborhoods grappling with gun violence. In 2014, 16 people were killed and 66 injured and last year, nine were killed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report