Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend for gun violence since 2015, a jarring reminder that even a coronavirus pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order cannot halt shootings in the city. "The violence throughout the city on Memorial Day weekend was nothing short of alarming," Chicago police Superintendent David Brown told the media Tuesday after the first major test of his tenure as the city's top officer ended with 49 people being shot, 10 of them fatally. The weekend highlighted that even as the pandemic has many people staying home, homicides in the nation's three largest cities have been on the rise. According to Chicago police crime statistics posted online, between Jan. 1 and May 24, the nation's third-largest city had 200 homicides, compared with 176 during the same period last year. The number of shootings climbed from 679 to 826.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is deploying 1,200 more officers in the streets beginning Thursday (July 2) in preparation for the July 4 weekend holiday, after recent gun-related incidents led to many deaths. Police Superintendent David Brown said in a press conference Monday (June 28) these additional officers will be assigned to patrol "hotspots" that have had a surge of violence during two weekends, leaving hundreds of people wounded and 24 killed. Among the dead were Sincere Gaston, a 20-month-old boy, who was on the ride home from a laundromat with his mother, and a 10-year-old girl, Lena Nunez, who was hit with a stray bullet by gang members, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "We didn't do it last weekend and the Memorial Day weekend," Brown said. "This weekend, we'll have an additional 1,200 cops every day from Thursday through Sunday." The police chief received heavy criticisms after the Memorial Day weekend bloodshed, which left 49 persons shot and 10 dead, and the Father's Day weekend violence that saw 14 persons dead and 100 shot.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. At least 9 people, including two girls -- ages nine and 1-month – were injured Thursday in a pair of shootings on Chicago's South Side, raising concerns ahead of the routinely violent Fourth of July weekend, according to reports. "It's not the holiday weekend yet and people started shooting and the next thing you know, there's a child shot and it's a mother's worst nightmare," Pastor Donovan Price told Chicago's WMAQ-TV. Chicago police said the 1-month-old girl was struck in the head after three males jumped out of a black Jeep Cherokee around 8:15 p.m. in the city's Englewood neighborhood and "began shooting in several directions."
Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, reacts on'Fox & amp; Friends.' Pastor Corey Brooks, founder of the New Beginnings Church in Chicago, told "Fox & Friends" on Monday that something has to be done "immediately" to curb the violence in the area, which led to the shooting death of more than a dozen people over the holiday weekend. "We cannot continue to go down this road," Brooks, who is also the executive director of Project HOOD, a nonprofit organization with the goal of ending violence and building communities. Over the Fourth of July weekend, 79 people were shot in Chicago and 15 people were killed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. When host Steve Doocy asked how he explains "this gigantic number of shootings" Brooks said, "You have a bunch of individuals, young individuals, young men who are illegal gun owners." "Not only are they illegal gun owners, but they are shooting at each other," he continued.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. At least 5 people were killed and 50 others were injured in shootings across Chicago this weekend, according to authorities. Chicago police said one man was killed and another was wounded early Sunday in a shooting in the city's Near West Side. The two men – ages 30 and 36 – were outside around 2:56 a.m. when they were hit, Chicago's WBBM-TV reported.