Memorial Day weekend shootings leave 10 dead in Chicago
Deadliest Memorial Day
``The violence throughout the city on Memorial Day weekend was nothing short of alarming,'' Chicago police Superintendent David Brown told the media Tuesday after the first major test of his tenure as the city's top officer ended with 49 people being shot, 10 of them fatally.
Rise in homicides
According to Chicago police crime statistics posted online, between Jan. 1 and May 24, the nation's third-largest city had 200 homicides, compared with 176 during the same period last year. The number of shootings climbed from 679 to 826. However, the number of criminal sexual assaults, burglaries and thefts all fell by double digits.
The 10 homicides in Chicago that happened from Friday evening to early Tuesday morning were more than the city has seen for the same holiday weekend of the last four years, according to data maintained by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. In 2015, 12 people were killed over the holiday weekend.
A total of 216 firearms seized
Brown said there were fewer officers on the street this year, but that they were ``coordinated a little better.'' However, Mayor Lori Lightfoot insisted more officers were out over the holiday. Neither gave exact figures.