Chicago Reels from ‘Despicable’ Weekend of Violence: 10 Dead, 52 Wounded in Shootings

Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Chicago on May 27, 2017. (Credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images file)
Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Chicago on May 27, 2017. (Credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images file)

At least 52 people were shot and 10 killed in Chicago’s most violent weekend so far this year, leading police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday to declare the uptick a “despicable level of violence.”

At a news conference, Johnson described how police were within blocks of some of the shootings — one commander in the Austin neighborhood was only a half-block away — and how “emboldened some of these individuals are” who opened fire.

Police attributed the majority of the gun violence to gangs, and Johnson ordered targeted patrols in areas where retaliation is likely to occur, including the West Side and the South Side districts.

In total, 92 firearms were seized since Friday, he added, “nearly double the amount of guns that we take in during a particular weekend.”

At least 19 arrests were made on gun-related charges. As of Monday morning, police did not make arrests in connection with the homicides, which included two domestic-related stabbings, although Johnson said there was “very good reason to believe” arrests were forthcoming.

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SOURCE: Erik Ortiz, NBC News