CHICAGO (WKOW) — The city of Chicago is in mourning after another string of deadly weekend shootings.
Seven people were killed and more than 50 people were hurt across the city. The violence started on Friday, with Chicago police responding to more than 30 shooting related incidents. One of those situations involved a toddler.
On Sunday, 17 people were shot in three different shooting situations on the city’s west side in just two hours. Because there were so many victims, a nearby hospital had to stop accepting new patients for a short time.
In a press conference after the bloody weekend, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said much more needs to be done in the city when it comes to gun violence.
“Unfortunately happens here almost every weekend,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “I spent a good part of the day on Saturday here on the West Side. What I saw is that as a city we have to stand up and do a hell of a lot more than we’ve done in a very long time.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson agrees.
“We’ve made progress in reducing crime in this city,” Johnson said. “But clearly we’re not where we want to be.”
Johnson said Chicago Police are rolling out a new website to track people who have been charged with felonies for carrying guns.
He said he hopes the transparency will lead to change in the city.