Violence continued in Chicago as 40 shootings left 58 people wounded and 9 dead over the weekend, according to WGN 9. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced an “End Gun Violence” plan in reaction to the recent rise in shootings.
The Chicago shootings took the lives of 7 teenagers and 2 young boys, ages 10 and 11. The boys and a 23-year-old man were killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday evening, WGN 9 reported.
According to Chicago Police Department data, 385 murders have occurred in Chicago so far this year as of July 12 – that is 125 more deaths than the same point last year. Shootings have increased by 98% for the last 28 days ending July 12, from 209 in 2019 to 414 this year.
In all, there have been 1,541 shootings in Chicago this year.
New York City has been experiencing similar upticks in violence. During the last 28 days ending July 12, there have been 239 shootings, compared to 77 in the same period last year, according to NYPD data.
This weekend was no exception for NYC as 6 people, including an 18-year-old, were shot on Saturday night, AM New York reported.
In response to the increase in gun violence, left-wing Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Shea released an “End Gun Violence” plan. The proposal outlines several directives that hope to curb the violence, including a shift in police presence and gun buy-back events. The plan also encourages the community to work together to end the violence.
“For seven years, we have made this city safer through the NYPD’s close partnership with communities and by recognizing the leadership of community leaders, organizations, and clergy,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a July 17 press conference.
“We will continue to build peace in our communities and strengthen the relationship between communities and the NYPD,” he added.
The new plan comes only a few weeks after a $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget, supported by Mayor de Blasio.