BREAKING: 39 shot, 4 dead

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We’re only part-way through the Independence Day weekend, and already in Chicago 39 people have been shot, four of them fatally.

The most recent violence occurred at about 1:30 am on Sunday, when one man was killed and two others wounded.

The weekend’s first fatalities occurred on Friday evening when three people were killed in the span of about 15 hours, in an apparently related incident. Two men were killed as they stood in the porch of an apartment building where, according to police, two men walked up to them and opened fire, shooing them in the chest and legs.

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Around midday on Saturday, a 52-year-old man was found dead after he was shot at his apartment in the building.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Last year’s Independence Day weekend ended with 66 people shot — a total that actually stoked cautious optimism with the lowest death toll for the July 4 weekend in nearly a decade.

On Saturday, Chicago Police touted a 14 percent decline in shootings this year compared to the first six months of 2016, and they hope to tamp down the holiday weekend violence with the help of a new gun violence strike force that includes ATF agents.

It’s unclear how well it’s working.

According to this site, through June 30th, homicides seem to be on par with 2016, if not slightly ahead. Hey Jackass counts 336 homicides for 2017, compared to 334 for 2016.

To date in Chicago, 1,801 people have been shot, 316 of them fatally. In the Windy City, someone is shot basically every two-and-a-half hours and killed every 13 hours.

To our knowledge, no march or protest by Black Lives Matter is planned for this holiday weekend. Instead, they’re apparently going to organize protests against Donald Trump. Go figure.

[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]
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