10 killed, 53 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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In answer to a question, Johnson acknowledged that some of the weekend's mass shootings - at least 40 people were shot citywide, four fatally, in less than seven hours early Sunday - happened during large gatherings on certain blocks. "Detectives are working around the clock to investigate the incidents, build a timeline of events and identify any shooter", said Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller. "Some of these instances were targeted and were related to gang conflicts in those areas".

During an especially bloody Sunday in Chicago, 44 people were shot in the space of 14 years in a disturbing spree of unrelated gun violence which left five people dead. Sunday morning. Those injured were two men and one woman were shot. The violence peaked early Sunday, including one shooting on the city's South Side that wounded eight people.

The youngest survivor is an 11-year-old shot in the leg.

Gun violence has surged in Chicago in the last few years: 2016 was the deadliest in the city in 20 years, with 762 people killed.

Johnson told reporters there were some promising leads in investigations of the weekend bloodshed, but he did not elaborate and provided few updates on crime statistics for the third most populous US city. He says they "shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit".

"All of us who love this city and call it home have a responsibility to heal our neighbourhoods", he said.

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"Our souls are burdened", the mayor said, repeatedly choking up as he spoke at a South Side police station.

The former New York City mayor also tweeted his support for Chicago's former superintendent, Garry McCarthy, referring to him as "Jerry" and calling him a "policing genius". At least four people were shot in each of those incidents.

Chicago has struggled with high shooting and murder rates in recent years and Waller said shootings were down 30 per cent from 2017, and murders are down 25 per cent.

"I promise this city, we won't be defeated", he vowed during the press conference.

The mayor said solving the city's violent crime problems is about more than reforms at the Chicago Police Department, or providing more jobs in the city.

The police chief emphasized an oft-repeated criticism by city officials that repeat gun offenders receive sentences that are too short and are able to quickly return to the streets to commit more crimes - believing they will not face serious consequences.

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