With 20 People Shot, Chicago Sees A Decline In Christmas Weekend Shootings


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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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Chicago experienced one of its least violent Christmas weekends this year, with five people dead from the gun violence plaguing the city.

The last fatal shooting for the Christmas weekend happened on Monday at 12:14 am, reports CBS Local Chicago. Fifty-seven year-old Albert Mau was pronounced dead at the St. Bernard Hospital after he was shot when two men walked towards him and shot at him.

Other victims include a man who was shot while he tried to rob someone Saturday, while a 21-year-old man was fatally shot while sitting on his back porch with a friend.

A total of about 20 people were wounded by guns over the weekend, marking a steep decline from last year’s tally. Christmas weekend in 2016 saw 61 people, and 11 people die from their wounds.

“Every week, I go into these communities, people ask me or beg me, ‘Superintendent, do something about this violence,'” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at the time. “Everywhere I go, people ask how can we reduce the violence in Chicago.”

Chicago overall has seen a decline in the number of shootings compared to last year. This year, the total number of people shot is 3,534, while last year’s 4,300 people had been shot, according to the Chicago Tribune.


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