NPR logo

A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/329585112/329585113" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago

Around the Nation

A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago

A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/329585112/329585113" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A bloody Fourth of July weekend left 60 people shot in Chicago, nine of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon. Many of the weekend's shootings occurred in the city's South Side neighborhoods.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In Chicago, there were many shootings over the July 4 weekend. Police say nine Chicago residents were killed; more than 50 were injured. At least eight people who were shot were shot by police. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.

CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy says his department had a plan over the July 4 holiday that included putting hundreds of more officers on the city streets when and where they were needed.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: And what were the results?

GARRY MCCARTHY: A lot of shootings and a lot of murders, unfortunately.

CORLEY: McCarthy says Thursday, Friday and Saturday were busy but manageable days, but Sunday was a day full of shootings and murders. Chicago police shot people including a 16-year-old who ran when approached.

MCCARTHY: What he had under his shirt was what you can best refer to as a "Dirty Harry" gun.

CORLEY: A .44 magnum with an 8-inch barrel. The 16-year-old died, as did another 16-year-old shot by police. His mother reportedly call police trigger-happy. McCarthy says that accusation is absurd. And Chicago community activist Andrew Holmes, attending today's press conference, says there has to be some accountability.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)

ANDREW HOLMES: My condolence goes out to the family, but sometimes the families have to turn around and think, hey, wait a minute, what was my son doing with this gun in the first place? Whose gun is it?

CORLEY: And McCarthy says the proliferation of illegal guns is what makes Chicago so different from other big cities like New York or LA. Over the weekend, police confiscated 100 illegal guns, and the police superintendent is again calling for stronger gun laws.

MCCARTHY: There's too many guns coming in and too little punishment going out.

CORLEY: Despite the bloody weekend, Chicago's violent crime rate is still on the decline. But after this weekend, that's some news that no one is talking about. Cheryl Corley, NPR News, Chicago.

SIEGEL: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.