Labor Day weekend in Chicago was just another violent weekend for the strictly gun-controlled city ravaged by gun violence.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that between late Friday night and early Tuesday morning, seven people were shot dead, including a 15-year-old boy, and 35 others injured over the long holiday. Authorities say that’s down from a year ago, but with 438 people killed so far in 2017, the murder rate is on course to top last year’s.
The Chicago Police Department prepared for the weekend by sending an extra 1,300 officers out on the streets and doing a “pre-holiday round-up of troublemakers,” CBS News reported. Besides those 140 arrests, officers also seized over 100 guns from criminals throughout the weekend.
However, last weekend’s numbers were eerily similar to this weekend's: seven dead, and 32 people wounded. The weekend before last was marked as Chicago’s most violent of 2017.