At least 27 shot, 7 dead, in Chicago over Christmas weekend

Deadly Christmas Weekend In Chicago 12 People Fatally Shot

Previous year during the Christmas holiday weekend, 30 people were shot in Chicago, with six people dying.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Christmas weekend violence brings the total number of shootings in the city to 4,307 for 2016.

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.

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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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