France-Monde | Chicago weekend of violence leaves 10 dead and at least 52 injured
Officers from the Chicago Police Service attributed the shootings to reprisals and incidents related to the gangs, which have plagued the third-largest city in the United States for decades.
According to a Chicago police spokesperson, speaking on ABC News, 19 people were arrested for gun-related offenses between Friday and Sunday evening. A total of 81 illegal weapons were seized.
Some 555 murders were recorded for the year 2018 by the Chicago Police Department. But the trend is down in the metropolitan area of Illinois, where, according to police statistics, 654 murders were committed in 2017, and 757 the previous year, the highest macabre record in 20 years.
Reinforced in 2018 by a thousand new officers, the Chicago Police Department last year seized more than 9,500 unreported weapons - a record over the last five years - including nearly 200 assault weapons, AK type -47 or AR-15.