Twelve people have been shot dead and 59 others injured in Chicago in a horror weekend with authorities describing the streets as a ‘war zone’.
The bloodiest spate of shootings occurred in just a two-hour stretch in the early hours on Sunday, when 30 people were shot between midnight and 3am. Police reported at least 16 separate shooting incidents – with multiple victims at almost all of them.
There were so many trauma victims at Stroger Hospital on Sunday morning that their family and visitors were barred from entering.
Paramedics described the city as a ‘war zone’, while police said it as being one of the most violent weekends of late.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a Monday press conference that more needs to be done to hold to hold gunman to account.
‘It is the same people who are pulling the triggers in some of these communities. This isn’t a widespread issue among citizens of the city. This is a small subset of individuals who think they can play by their own rules because they continue to get a slap on the wrist when we arrest them,’ Johnson said.