Dozens of people were shot in Chicago over the weekend.
A bloody weekend in Chicago that saw at least 40 people shot, four fatally, the officials said, in a city that had previously touted the reduction of crime and violence numbers.
Approximately 15 of the 40 people shot were teenagers, according to reports. Officials said that 25 people were shot within 2 and a half hours on Sunday. The researchers are continuing their search for a number of the shooters.
The Chicago Police Chief of Patrol of Fred Waller at a press conference Sunday afternoon, said: “We know that some of these incidents were addressed, and are related to the ongoing conflicts in those areas.”
At least 25 people were shot within 2 and a half hours on Sunday.
“If they [the shooters] if you shoot they don’t even walk,” one man said to the Chicago Tribune. “They walk, she is not trying to perform.”
The shooting spree began around 11 a.m. Saturday when a 38-year-old man was shot in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, the Tribune reported. About an hour later, two men in their 40s and 50s were struck by bullets as they were caught in the crossfire between two men firing at each other from across the street.
The man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Between 1:30 and 5:30 a.m. Saturday, three men ages 25, 26, and 22 — were shot dead in separate incidents in Chicago. It was unclear whether the gunmen were taken prisoner.
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But the violence did not stop. By 1 pm on Sunday, 18 other people were shot. A 20-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound in the abdomen when a passenger shot her in the stomach just after midnight in Logan Square.
About five miles away in Lawndale, two persons from a vehicle, fired at a crowd of people at a block party and escaped, the Chicago Tribune reported. The police said that four people were hit, including a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old boy, along with a 17-year-old girl. A man, 25, was shot in his left leg.
An 18-year-old was shot multiple times around 12:20 a.m. in the same neighborhood.
The shooting killed at least four people.
A further eight people were shot around 12:40 a.m. when several shooters walked up to the group standing in a courtyard and began shooting, police said. The youngest victim was 14 years old and the oldest was 35. The others shot were between 17 and 19 years old.
About 10 minutes later, four people were injured in a drive-by shooting.
Two 26-year-old men were shot in separate incidents by the 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and one of them died.
About an hour later, three women were caught in the crossfire, while on a veranda while the two groups of men were firing at each other.
Six people were injured around 2:35 p.m. when two gunmen approached a group standing on the sidewalk. Two boys of 11 and 14, were among the wounded.
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A 17-year-old girl was killed after she suffered a gunshot wound to her face.
Another boy, 14, was shot in the left leg around 2:50 pm
The last shooting reported before 6 o’clock in the morning left a man, 33, suffering from gunshot wounds on both legs.
The violence-filled weekend comes after the Chicago Police Department reported a 10 percent drop in shootings and murders in July. The number of shooting victims decreased to 332, compared to the 415 reported in July 2017.
The city is plagued by gun violence was on track to have fewer number of homicides in comparison with the previous year, according to statistics released by the police.
Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam