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Bloody Father’s Day weekend in Chicago leaves at least 8 dead, dozens shot

Chicago Police are investigating several shootings after a violent weekend that left dozens injuries and killing at least seven people.
/ Source: The Last Word

Chicago Police are investigating several shootings after a violent weekend that left dozens injuries and killing at least seven people.

In Chicago’s deadliest weekend of the year, Chicago police are continuing to investigate a series of shootings that left at least seven people dead and more than 40 injured. The shootings began late Friday, killing 1 person and injuring 13 others. Another 34 were shot—seven of them killed—from Saturday afternoon to Father’s Day Sunday. The youngest victim was 15-year-old Michael Westley who was fatally shot by a police officer Sunday night in Chicago’s South Side after the teenager pointed a handgun at them.

In what had been a record-setting year for a decrease in homicides in Chicago, shootings were also on the decline this year –  down 42% from 2012 — up until this weekend’s gun violence. Despite the dip in overall violence, this weekend’s shooting is not far off from a similar shooting during Memorial Day weekend last June that injured 53 people, nine of whom were shot fatally.

Police say despite this weekend’s shootings, strides have been made to bring down crime in the Windy City. “There’s going to be good days and there’s going to be bad days, which is why we’ve been calling this progress, not victory,” said Chicago Police Department spokesperson Adam Collins.

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks Tuesday on the administration’s efforts to reduce gun violence, according to the White House. Biden’s remarks will be the first time the White House has publicly spoke about gun control measures after a bipartisan gun legislation that would have expanded background checks on all gun purchases failed in the Senate in April.

The event also comes after families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims met with lawmakers in Washington last week, adding momentum to the six-month anniversary of December shootings that killed 20 children and six adults.