CHICAGO (CBS) — With 24 people shot within 24 hours from Thursday into Friday, Chicago police were worried about a potentially bloody 4th of July holiday weekend.
There were 72 murders in Chicago in June, and for the entire year, the city has had more than 300 killings, a 50 percent spike over the first half of last year. Every weekend in June saw at least 39 people shot.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson’s frustration with the continuing bloodshed was obvious as he discussed the department’s deployment strategy for the Independence Day weekend.
“You can’t predict what’s in the mind of the repeat offenders that want to keep wreaking havoc in our neighborhoods. It’s unacceptable. I’m sick and tired, and I know the people that live in those communities are tired of it,” he said.
Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz also expressed his outrage over the seemingly unending wave of gun violence across Chicago.
“I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, our number one goal is to save lives,” Schmitz.