CHICAGO â€“ President Barack Obama's hometown, led by his former chief of staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel â€“ and home to some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation â€“ turned into a veritable war zone during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The death toll in Chicago was 14 dead and 82 wounded.
Each night of the long holiday weekend, at least a dozen people were shot in the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year.
â€˘ From Thursday night into Friday, three people were killed and 10 others wounded. An attack outside a West Englewood salon left two men dead and an East Garfield Park shooting took the life of a 21-year-old woman.
â€˘ From Friday afternoon into Saturday, 20 people were shot, one fatally. The man who died had been flashing gang signs in a parking lot in the Clearing neighborhood when someone told him to stop. When the man didnâ€™t, he was shot, police said.
â€˘ From Saturday night into Sunday morning, four people were killed and another 10 wounded.
â€˘ The bloodiest stretch of the weekend was a 13-hour period between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 a.m. Monday when four people were killed and at least another 26 wounded, many of them in critical condition. And the most chaotic scene was in South Chicago, where three people were wounded during a running gun battle.