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Chicago Has Already Seen More Than 2,000 Shootings This Year

Chicago is on pace to have far more shootings this year than last year.

By Ben Lawson | July 6, 2016

In 2016 alone, more than 2,000 people have been victims of gun violence in Chicago.

Last year, nearly 3,000 people were shot in Chicago, and so far every month in 2016 has seen more violence than in 2015, according to data from The Chicago Tribune

These numbers come after a violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago. Four people were killed and 62 were injured from gun violence. Last year, 10 people were killed in shootings over the holiday weekend. 

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"We're making progress. It's not success yet, but these are just ... this goes a long way to letting everybody know that we are focusing on the right individuals," said Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Chicago deployed thousands of extra officers on overtime to patrol the city over the holiday weekend. Police also arrested 88 people on narcotics and weapons charges Friday in hopes of getting ahead of the violence. 

This uptick in violence comes as Chicago police are reportedly being less aggressive in pursuing criminals due to the so-called "Laquan McDonald effect."

Video showed a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times. Police say McDonald had a knife. The officer who shot him was eventually charged with murder.

The previous interim superintendent said officers have slowed down on the job to avoid being the next "viral video" and facing repercussions. 

Moving forward, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said that keeping repeat gun offenders off the streets could help stop the problem. He's made repeated calls for longer sentences for offenders with a history of gun violence. 

This video includes clips from WFLDWLS-TVWBBMWGN-TV and Office of the Chicago Mayor, and images from Getty Images.

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