Ten people died and 52 were injured in shootings over the holiday weekend in Chicago, WGN reports.
Among those shot dead was a seven-year-old boy, son of a ranking gang member, CNN reports. The boy’s name is Amari Brown. Police believe his father, who has been arrested 45 times, was the target of the shooting.
Chicago police increased the number of officers on the street by 30 percent over normal levels, but violence still raged. One illegal gun has been recovered every hour across the city since Friday morning, according to CNN.
Police chief Garry McCarthy told reporters Sunday that Brown’s father “should not have been on the streets.”
“I’m tired of doing news conferences,” Michael Singleton, a Brown family friend vented to the media Sunday. “I’m tired of listening to them. I’m tired of talking about them. Until we make a better decision as a community and as a city, this is all that’s going to happen.”
WGN reports that even though the number of shootings went down compared to this weekend last year, there were more killings.