CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police flooded the streets with thousands of officers and took dozens of gang members into custody over the July 4 weekend. Fewer people were shot to death, but more suffered gunshot wounds than over the same holiday weekend last year.
There had been widespread fear in some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods that the holiday weekend could be particularly bloody following a June in which about 15 people were shot a day.
Preliminary figures show that four people were fatally shot and more than 60 others were injured by gunfire. Last year’s total was seven dead and 48 injured. Chicago Police plan to release final numbers later Tuesday morning.
The totals don’t represent a dramatic spike in the violence, but they also don’t suggest the violence is easing.