CHICAGO (WLS/CNN) - Gun violence took a turn for the worse in Chicago over the holiday weekend. Officials say at least 14 people have been killed in the city since Friday.
More than 100 others were wounded, many of them on one particular night.
"The vast majority of the incidents were concentrated within a six-hour period on Monday night, predominantly on the south and west sides of the city where we had some historical challenges with violence. Additionally, eight districts went without a single shooting incident from Friday night throughout midnight last night, and throughout the entire weekend,” officer Fred Waller said on Wednesday.
Chicago had four murders over the July Fourth weekend last year and seven murders the year before. But police said before the holiday that the city saw a 14 percent drop in violent crime this year.
“Chicago Police and our state and federal partners were out in force. Officers also seized 159 illegal guns throughout this period. As far as the cases from last night, detectives are still working this morning to establish motives, but we suspect several incidents were retaliatory in nature and alcohol was a factor in these other incidents,” Waller said.
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