Despite CPD Gun Arrests, Fourth Of July Violence Ahead Of Pace Compared To Last Year

Jim Gudas
July 05, 2019 - 8:06 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- At least 34 people have been shot in Chicago since Wednesday evening, four of whom died. And Chicago’s top cop says violence this holiday weekend is ahead of last year’s pace.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the uptick in violence comes despite gun roundups that he says have taken dozens of guns off city streets including at least three assault weapons and 63 guns.

At a press conference held at the 95th Red Line station, Johnson said the shootings and deaths come despite what he calls a successful effort to get guns off city streets, including seizing at least three automatic weapons.

While he admits the pace of violence is ahead of the same period last year, he said he believes his department’s efforts to curb violence can still result in an overall reduction in violence by the time the weekend is over.

"We are up a little bit but let the weekend play out and see where we are at," he said.