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Chicago's holiday weekend ends with 17 dead, 70 wounded


Armando L. Sanchez – Chicago Tribune

An officer kneels on the street at the scene where six people were shot on the 1400 Block of South Millard Avenue on July 5, 2020 in Chicago.

CHICAGO - One of Chicago's bloodiest holiday weekends in memory ended with 17 people fatally shot, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, and 70 more wounded, despite a concerted effort to quell the violence with an additional 1,200 police officers on the streets.

The violence was far worse than last year, when the long July Fourth weekend ended with six people dead and 66 wounded in gunfire. And the holiday weekend of violence follows Chicago's deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015.

After a relatively peaceful Friday, gunfire erupted around 7 p.m. Saturday. Seven-year-old Natalia Wallace was standing on the sidewalk outside her grandmother's house in Austin on the city's West Side during a Fourth of July party when, according to police, shots were fired from a car. The child was shot in the head.


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