11 killed, dozens wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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ABC's Emily Rau reports on the deadly shootings in Chicago.

At least 11 people were shot and killed and about 70 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs and that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, used to criticize the city's Democratic leadership.

The violence peaked early Sunday, including one shooting on the city's South Side that wounded eight people.

By comparison, at least seven people were killed and 32 were wounded during the long Memorial Day weekend, which is often one of the most violent weekends of the year for the city, the Chicago Tribune reported.

RAW VIDEO: Chicago police address surge in weekend violence:
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Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller addresses the surge in shootings this weekend.



Gang members are using large summer crowds as cover in some cases, police Patrol Chief Fred Waller said Sunday.

"They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit," he said.
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Jahnae Patterson, 17, was killed in a shooting Sunday morning.



Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's police superintendent made an emotional plea for help in holding repeat gun offenders accountable after the city's deadly weekend.

"We have a heavy heart," Emanuel says. "Our souls are burdened. What happened this weekend did not happen in every neighborhood of Chicago but it is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago."



Police have said violent crime has declined overall in Chicago. Still, anti-violence protesters have blocked highways to voice their outrage.

Chicago ended 2017 with fewer homicides, 650, than 2016, when there were 771. Although the drop was significant, it exceeded the combined number of killings in New York City and Los Angeles, which are the two U.S. cities bigger than Chicago.

Chicago's gun violence has drawn widespread attention, including from President Donald Trump and his lawyer, Giuliani, who blamed the problem on Chicago's longtime "Democratic rule" in a series of tweet s on Sunday and Monday.

The former New York City mayor also tweeted his support for Chicago's former superintendent, Garry McCarthy, referring to him as "Jerry" and calling him a "policing genius." McCarthy announced this year that he plans to run for mayor next February against Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who fired McCarthy in 2015 after the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer shoot a black teenager 16 times.

Misspelling Emanuel's last name, Giuliani tweeted: "He can do a lot better than Mayor Emmanuel who is fiddling while Chicago burns."

Giuliani also falsely claimed that Chicago had "63 murders this weekend."

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