At least two were killed and nine were injured in the entire city shootings over the weekend in Chicago. (iStock, File)
The new year began in Chicago with no sign that the barrage of gun violence would end.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that at least two were killed and nine were injured in the entire city shootings over the weekend.
On Saturday, the newspaper reported, eight were shot — two fatally; six were shot on Friday.
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There was no gun violence reported on Sunday in the afternoon.
The police said that most of the murders in Chicago are tied to the street gangs, with members vying for control of the territory, or simply retaliation for perceived slights by the gang’s rivals, which these days are usually communicated via social media.
While murder numbers have decreased in many districts in Chicago in 2018, they went on in different quarters of the city’s South and west sides. These areas have been plagued for years by gun and gang-related violence, including Englewood and West Garfield Park.
Although it is unclear whether gang-related, the two dead in gun violence this weekend, the 22-year-old Daniel L. Erskin Saturday night on the South and the 21-year-old Christian A. Robinson Saturday afternoon on the north side.
According to preliminary figures released last Tuesday murders in Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, fell by about 100 in 2018, in comparison with 2017, although the total displaced by the number of murders in Los Angeles and New York together.
CHICAGO MURDER RATE IN 2018
Although the decrease in 2018 was significant, the number of murders in Chicago was higher than the total in New York City and Los Angeles — for at least the third consecutive year.
The official figures for 2018 is expected to be released in a few weeks, depending on the department.
The Chicago police department reported 561 murders were committed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. In comparison to the 660 murders in 2017 and more than 770 in 2016, that meant a 19-year high that a national spotlight on Chicago’s persistently high rates of armed violence.
President Trump is often a single of Chicago’s high number of murders, tweeting in 2017: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the terrible ‘massacre’ … I will send in the Feds!” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has accused Trump of oversimplifying the problem and the possible solutions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.