Chicago saw 34 people wounded from gun injuries in a spate a violence over Easter weekend.
Twenty-three were shot during just a seven hour period between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
The lone death over the weekend happened early Sunday morning. One man shot at two other men, one of whom succumbed to wounds on the head and neck later at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to authorities. (READ: Chicago Turns Martin Luther’s Dream Into A Nightmare, 32 Shot Over Weekend)
A 14 year-old boy was shot after two males came up to him midnight Sunday. They fired at him and a bullet hit the boy in the arm. He was taken to a hospital and is said to be in stable condition. (READ: MURDER CITY: Chicago Records 762 Homicides In 2016, Up 57% From 2015)
Homicides have dropped almost 10 percent in 2017 when compared to 2016 and shootings have also gone down about 13 percent. (READ: One Chicago District Had More Shootings In 2016 Than Some MAJOR CITIES)
“There’s not room for celebration yet, but I am encouraged by the numbers that we saw,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said about the statistics. (READ: Chicago Records 700th Homicide For 2016, Highest Murder Rate Since 1998)
This year still remains one of the most violent in the past 17 years. Chicago started the new year with 46 shootings, with five people dying from their injuries. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend was also violent– 39 people were shot with 10 dying from their gunshot wounds.