(CHICAGO) — Three people were killed and 49 more wounded in weekend shootings in the city of Chicago, marking another weekend of gun violence for the Windy City.
Eight people were killed and 50 injured last weekend, and for the year, the city has seen 343 homicides and 1,753 shootings, according to ABC News’ Chicago affiliate WLS-TV.
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Zachary Farndon spoke at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, decrying the violence and calling for a joint fight against it.
“The problem in Chicago has become more unwieldy,” Farndon said, “we’re now seeing kids affiliate with gang factions as early as first and second grades.”
He did, however, offer context for the 20 percent increase in the murder rate from last year. “Twenty percent is a troubling number,” he admitted, but noted “2014 was our lowest homicide rate in Chicago since 1965.” Farndon also noted that many major cities across the country are seeing an increase in the homicide rate, including Milwaukee, St. Louis and Baltimore.
“We have to recognize that this fight is a law enforcement fight. And it is an economic fight. And it is an educational fight,” Farndon said. “It is fundamentally a fight to overcome tragic aspects of our national inheritance.”
“The stakes are high, [but] I believe we can succeed, and we will succeed because of who we are in Chicago.”
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