July 27, 2021

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Chicago shootings: 100 shot, 18 fatally, in weekend gun violence across city, CPD says – WLS-TV

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CHICAGO (WLS) — The long holiday weekend is officially over, and CPD said 100 people were shot in Chicago since Friday night.Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown addressed the violence and faced questions about the department’s safety plan Tuesday morning.

Brown defended his officers’ work over the weekend, highlighting arrests and progress made on various cases.

WATCH: CPD supt. speaks after 100 shot this weekend

He also expressed more frustration about the court system.

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Jevon Hopkins was on the sidewalk near 66th Street and Langley Avenue in West Woodlawn when a dark-colored car pulled up, and someone inside shot him in the back. He’s in critical condition.

From Friday at 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, at least 100 people have been shot, including two CPD officers and five children 13 and younger.

There were at least 18 killed.

During the same time period over the holiday last year, 87 were shot and 17 were killed.

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This year’s CPD safety plan going into the weekend included targeted protection for commercial districts across the city.

Police brass said the department was extensively prepared for a predictably violent weekend.

All 12,000 officers also had days off canceled, and worked 12-hour shifts, as the strategy included focusing on 15 violence-prone areas in Chicago.

“Just mayhem, and looking like Chicago was out of control,” Pastor Donavan Price said. “There’s nothing that the police can do about the people who are perpetrating crimes, and that’s what needs to be addressed is the individuals and their needs.

Brown praised the work of his officers on Twitter Monday, writing that they, “continue to work tirelessly to keep our city safe.”

On Tuesday, he said his officers risked life and limb to keep violence from happening.

“No one else would do the brave and courageous work the men and women of the Chicago Police Department do every day,” Brown said. “There are too many violent offenders and too little consequences in our courts. There are too many illegal guns in our city.”

Meanwhile Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez also held a news conference with community leaders Tuesday morning, saying the violence is outrageous and making an urgent call for the city to change its crime strategy for a more holistic approach to tackling violence.

“We need to prevent violence (by) looking at the root causes,” he said. “We need to invest in mental health, we need to invest in after-school programming, in our park districts … and also demand accountability at the highest level of government. We have to lead by example.”

The alderman said none of the police strategies seem to be working at all.

During Tuesday morning’s CPD press conference, a Chicago police staff member appeared to faint. He was eventually able to get up and walk away with some help.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the individual became faint, was treated and transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.

This is a developing story; check back with ABC 7 Chicago for updates.

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