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(CHICAGO) — Chicago Police believe they are making progress in combating gun violence, despite the dozens of people shot there over the holiday weekend.

According to preliminary figures, 60 people were shot and four are dead after the weekend. That’s a far cry, however, from the more than 80 people shot over Fourth of July weekend in 2014.

“We’re making progress. It’s not success yet. But these are just … this goes a long way I think to letting people know that we are focusing on the right individuals,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said, crediting pre-holiday raids that netted dozens of violent gun offenders.

Police stepped up patrols in Chicago’s busiest and most dangerous neighborhoods over the extended weekend.

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