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Violent holiday weekend sees mass shootings in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky – Winnipeg Free Press

Violent holiday weekend sees mass shootings in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky – Winnipeg Free Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in a shooting at a Detroit block party, capping a violent long weekend in the U.S. that also saw mass shootings in Kentucky and Chicago.

More than 100 people were shot, 19 fatally, in Chicago during the long Independence Day weekend, when violence often spikes. A mass shooting Thursday in a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side left two women and an 8-year-old boy dead. Two other children were also seriously wounded.

“We can’t take our eyes off the ball,” Chicago Police Chief Larry Snelling said at a news conference Monday. “We can’t stop thinking about the people who were victims of this crime.”

Detroit police investigate the scene of a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning, July 7, 2024, in Detroit. (John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP)

City officials announced plans for an emergency center to open Monday night for people struggling with trauma, while Mayor Brandon Johnson blamed the pervasive violence on years of disinvestment and poverty, particularly in the city’s black neighborhoods. Johnson, who took office last year, said Chicago has not received enough federal funding for victims and recently renewed a request for help.

The four-day weekend in Chicago saw a spike in violence compared to the same period last year, when 11 people were killed and more than 60 injured.

“We are losing a piece of the soul of Chicago,” Johnson said at the news conference. “We are not going to let criminal activity ruin and harm our city.”

Two people were killed and 19 injured in a shooting Sunday morning at an illegal block party on the city’s east side attended by more than 300 people, Detroit Police Chief James White said at a news conference Monday.

Nine guns and more than 100 shell casings were found at the scene of the shooting, White said. Fifteen young women and six young men were shot, and two of them died — a 20-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, he said.

“You have a multitude of people engaging in this behavior. This is not one suspect, one group that is being targeted. This is a group of people that are actually involved in a shooting,” White said.

Detroit police investigate the scene of a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning, July 7, 2024, in Detroit. (John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP)

When asked if so many people had ever been injured in a single shooting in Detroit, White said he wasn’t sure.

White announced Detroit’s new block party strategy, which includes the creation of a response team that specializes in ensuring residents follow block party rules. Police must now treat 911 calls about illegal block parties as “Priority 1” runs.