CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say there were nine homicides in what has been the deadliest weekend of the year in a city where fatal shootings had been in decline.

So far this year, there have been 50 homicides compared to 33 during the same period in 2019.

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The early totals have heightened concerns about a new spike in violence. Homicides and shootings have dropped significantly the past three years in Chicago, after a 2016 surge in deaths captured national attention.

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Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the department will be making some “deployment adjustments” to combat the rising number of shootings.

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