Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters that numerous recent shootings appeared to be gang-related. The most recent, Sunday night, left two men dead and five others injured, two of them critically. We now know that the majority of these shootings and homicides were targeted attacks by gangs against potential rival gang members and groups who are at holiday gatherings.
With a week to go before the year is over, more than 750 people have been killed in Chicago in 2016, marking the first time in almost two decades that the number of homicides has exceeded 700, according to the Chicago Tribune newspaper, which has been tracking the violence.
The deadly Christmas weekend began just before 11 p.m. on Friday when two men, ages 20 and 21, were fatally shot, police said.
The news comes as Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, faces a wave of violence, with homicides increasing 40 percent since past year.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Eddie Johnson, the city's police superintendent, said 90 percent of those killed have gang ties, crimial histories, or were on the Chicago Police Department's strategic subject list.
It's a grim tally, coming at the end of a hard, violent year in Chicago, as NPR's Frank Morris reports.
It marks a sharp rise in homicides and shootings since a year ago in one of the largest American cities, located in the state of IL. The homicide rate in Chicago is so high that it is dramatically affecting nationwide statistics.
The figure was recorded in a 48-hour period by the Chicago Police Department, according to a New York Times report on Sunday. Both numbers are somewhat lower than usual.
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His first came in dramatic fashion considering his career-long 55-yarder allowed the Dolphins to force overtime. Buffalo wide receiver Sammy Watkins was the first receiver taken in 2014, fourth-overall by the Bills.
That's the way it has been for me and I've got to say I enjoy coming back, I've always enjoyed coming here. "He'll be here again". They're looking more and more like Manchester United but who cares anymore? They are knowledgeable. majority were very good.
Zaha has been in impressive form so far this season, bagging three goals and six assists in 16 Premier League appearances. They are fourth from bottom, one point above Allardyce's former club Sunderland, ahead of Monday's match at Watford .
Having lost their past 16 games, the Browns managed a 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in Cleveland. Browns cornerback Joe Haden was taken to the locker room with a neck injury in the third quarter.
More talented than the Jets, the Bills secondary poses more of a challenge to Matt Moore and the Dolphins' passing attack. Miami (10-5) could clinch a playoff bid on Christmas if the Denver Broncos were to lose to the Kansas City Chiefs.
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She told police she and another black man, whose name she said she did not know, were also in the vehicle . Holmes, who is being held at a jail in Little Rock, was due in court this morning but failed to appear.