President Trump accused the "bad leadership" in Chicago on Thursday for a weekend of violence.
Trump said at a roundtable penitentiary reform that the 12 deaths and more than five dozen shootings in the largest city in the United States last weekend were shocking and unacceptable.
"We must strengthen community ties with the application of the law, including cities like Chicago, which have been an absolute and total disaster," he said. "Today we will talk about Chicago because that is something that, in terms of our nation, nobody could believe that could be happening."
President Trump accused the "bad leadership" in Chicago of a weekend of violence
Trump said that Chicago had 63 incidents over the weekend and 12 deaths.
That's happening bad things. I probably suppose you should take it from the leadership, "he said in a blow to the city's Democratic mayor." That's bad leadership, there's no reason in a million years for something like that to happen. "
Earlier this week, the city's police superintendent said hundreds of additional police would be sent to the most important metropolis after a weekend of violence and gunfire.
Police superintendent Eddie Johnson said 400 additional officers are already patrolling areas on the west and south sides where more than 70 shots occurred. Another 200 will be added for next weekend.
Johnson declined to give details about how the additional officers will be deployed, saying that the criminals are tactical and that he does not want to give them the department's playbook.
"We have ordered a series of strategic deployments aimed at keeping our community safe," he said. "These additional deployments will continue to complement the existing workforce."
Hundreds of additional police are being deployed in neighborhoods in the city of Chicago where 12 people were killed and dozens more wounded (two women are crying in front of Stroger Hospital in Chicago).
One of the 12 victims, Kenny Ivory, 17, was shot and killed while riding his bike on the South Side on Sunday afternoon. In the photo is the scene cordoned off his fatal shot
The twelve victims included Kenny Ivory, 17, who was shot and killed while riding his bicycle in the 7600 block of South Union Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood, after arguing with a group of men who also rode bicycles. He died in the hospital 30 minutes later.
Another 17-year-old, Jahnae Patterson, was shot in the face while standing with a group of people on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of South Millard Avenue in Lawndale, on the southwest side. Two men approached the crowd and opened fire, killing Patterson and wounding five people, including an 11-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the leg.
Other deaths include Earl Young, 30, Joshua Campbell, 22, Eric Johnson, 22, Kendall Brown, 26, Kenyate Sparks, 29, Donald Norris, 19, Charles Green, 32, Nicholas Cox, 23, Ron L. Johnso, 55, and a man in his 50s, local CBS reported.
There were so many trauma victims at the Stroger Hospital on Sunday morning that his family and visitors were barred from entering.
Paramedics described the city as a "war zone" while police said it was one of the most violent weekends of recent times.
The locations of the 11 fatal shooting victims during the weekend of violence in Chicago
CHRONOLOGY OF THE FATAL DISPARATIONS OF CHICAGO
Friday, 7:57 p.m.: Earl Young, 30, was shot in the 7700 block of South Shore and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Saturday, 12:56 a.m..: Joshua Campbell, 22, was shot in the 1700 block of North Mason. He was declared dead at the Loyola University Medical Center.
Saturday, 2:24 a.m.: Eric Johnson, 22, was shot near 122nd Street and South State. He was pronounced dead at Roseland Hospital.
Saturday, 12 p.m.: A man of about 50, who has not yet been named, was caught in the crossfire of bullets between two people fighting from opposite sides of the street. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Sunday, 1:03 a.m..: Kendall Brown, 26, was shot in the 4600 block of South Winchester. He was pronounced dead in the bush. Sinai Hospital.
Sunday, 2:34 a.m.: Jahnae Patterson, 17, was one of six people shot in the 1300 block of South Millard. She was declared dead in an unidentified place.
Sunday, 3:37 a.m.Kenya Sparks, 29, was shot in the 1100 block of South Springfield. He was pronounced dead at the Stroger Hospital.
Sunday, 4:15 a.m .: Donald Norris, 19, was among the four people shot in the 1600 block of North LeClaire. He was pronounced dead in an unidentified place.
Sunday, 4:17 a.m.Kenny Ivory, 17, was shot in the 7600 block of South Union. He was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of Chicago.
Sunday, 6:50 a.m.: Charles Green, 32, was among the five people shot in the 0-100 block of North LeClaire. He was pronounced dead at the Stroger Hospital.
Sunday, 7:50 p.m. Nicholas Cox, 23, was fatally shot in the 2700 block of South Dearborn.
Monday 12.00 a.m.: Ron L. Johnson, 50, was killed and a 55-year-old woman was injured when someone fired a balaclava in the 13,000 block of South Drexel Avenue, Altgeld Gardens neighborhood in the far south. He was declared dead onstage at 12.50 a.m.
Johnson told a news conference on Monday that more needs to be done to hold an armed man accountable.
"It is the same people who are triggering the triggering factors in some of these communities." This is not a widespread problem among the citizens of the city, this is a small subset of individuals who think they can play according to their own rules because they continue to receive a slap in the wrist when we arrested them, "Johnson said.
So far, no arrest has been made.
To increase the number of policemen on patrol, some officers will have their regular shifts extended, while other units will have their days off.
"We are taking resources from other areas of the city," Johnson said. These are discretionary resources, so we are not taking staff from a particular district and relocating them; We are taking labor from units that do other things & # 39;
But as Johnson announced a greater police presence in certain neighborhoods, community and political leaders promoted other ideas to suppress violence.
The Democratic representative of EE. UU., Danny Davis, said that the criminal environment in Chicago has been manufactured for years due to negligence.
& # 39; People who do not have enough space. People who do not have enough food. People do not get the kind of education they need to get, "Davis said," People who are not sure what the next day will bring to them, people who have lost hope, who have renounced their government. "
And several politicians stressed the importance of the family in the fight to stop the violence.
Jahnae Patterson, 17 (left) and Kenny Ivory, 17, (right) were among the 11 deaths over the weekend
Nicholas Cox, 23, of the 2700 block of South Dearborn Street, died in the hospital around 8:26 pm Sunday, after being shot in the abdomen and buttocks.
Kenyate Sparks (left) and Donald Norris (right) died within minutes of each other in the early hours of Sunday
Kendall Brown (left) and Earl Young (right) were shot dead over the weekend
Councilman Walter Burnett Jr. condemned drugs and their profits as "bloody money". and said that parents should not look away when their children return home with products that adults know they did not give them the money to buy.
"There are too many blind eyes in our community," Burnett said.
According to the reports, the shooters had the objective of outdoor meetings, a party in the neighborhood and even a funeral during the weekend.
Witnesses described terrifying scenes outside a 24-hour laundry when a 19-year-old boy ran for shelter in the store when someone shot him, only to discover that an employee had locked the door.
The teenager said he had been walking to a service station at 11.40 pm Sunday when someone started firing at him. He fled to the laundry room, in the 3900 block of South Archer Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood, where customers and staff shouted and covered.
When he could not enter, he fled and ran to the hospital to receive treatment for a bullet wound in the arm.
Miguel Patino had been one of around two dozen clients washing clothes at that time.
"The children were crazy," he said, adding that he often heard shots at night while walking his dog. "They were screaming and crying."
The bloodiest wave of shootings occurred in just two hours in the early hours of Sunday, when 30 people were shot between midnight and 3 in the morning.
Crystal Robinson revealed that her son was among the 59 wounded over the weekend, and urged people to "put down their arms in Chicago!"
A man wipes his eyes in front of the Stroger Hospital in Chicago, after leaving the emergency room due to the overwhelming crowd of relatives and friends of the victims of the shooting on Sunday.
& # 39; The worst call you can ALWAYS get is that your son has been shot !!! & # 39; she wrote on Facebook.
"Thank you all for all the phone calls and text, it has been a long morning for me and my family, but my son is fine." We are praying!
The high number of shootings made it difficult for the police and medical staff to follow up. At one point, police said the Stroger Hospital had been placed in trauma custody, reports ABC7.
The hospital, however, denied this, but acknowledged the "unusually high volume of patients" during a 24-hour period.
Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told a news conference on Sunday that most of the shootings went back to gangs.
"We know that some of these incidents were attacked and are related to gang conflicts in those areas," said Waller.
He continued to express his frustration at the fact that the gang members were not afraid of the consequences and that they were taking advantage of the large summer crowds to get revenge.
"They take that opportunity and shoot a crowd, no matter who they hit," Waller said.
I promise this city, we will not be defeated. We are not going to be invaded by that little element that is committing these reckless acts. "
Police said that in some cases the shooters fired bullets indiscriminately against crowds in rival territories. The Tribune counted a total of more than 70 people shot between Friday night and early Monday morning.
The violence of the weekend contrasted with the general decline of crime in the city, where shootings were reduced by 30 percent and homicides by 25 percent, according to the police.
The avalanche of shootings took place in several neighborhoods of Chicago, mainly on the west and south sides, from 5 p.m. from Friday until 5 a.m. of Monday
Detectives investigate a shooting in which several people were shot on a sidewalk on Sunday in Chicago
However, the official count of homicides in Chicago, in 310 homicides before the weekend, was the highest in the country and eclipsed by far those of the two largest cities in the United States: New York and Los Angeles.
"The incidents of random or selective shootings on our streets are totally unacceptable," said Fred Waller, commander of the Chicago Police Department.
Violence in the Midwestern city often increases in the summer months, when warm weather means there are more people outside. Waller said there was a series of outdoor events over the weekend that were vulnerable to gang-related revenge attacks.
"What we have are multiple areas with crowds," Waller said. "They take advantage of that opportunity."
The last spasm of bloodshed occurred at the same time that the famous Lollapalooza music festival was taking over a large strip of downtown, which required a strong police presence.
The festival was not affected by the violence, Waller said. The shooting increased early in the morning, well after the end of the daily program of festival performances.
Chicago's armed violence has been the subject of two high-profile protests this summer, in which protesters temporarily blocked major highways to draw attention to their demands for more investment in poor communities.
The federal authorities have increased their efforts in the city, creating a special working group in cooperation with the local police to attack those who commit crimes with firearms repeatedly.
Police also pulled more than 5,500 firearms off the streets this year as part of a new initiative to curb the flow of illegal firearms into the city to curb armed violence.
Police have said that violent crime has generally declined in Chicago, but this year there have only been more than 1,700 shootings.
Chicago ended 2017 with fewer homicides, 650, than in 2016, when there were 771. Although the drop was significant, it exceeded the combined number of homicides in New York City and Los Angeles, which are the two largest cities in the United States.
Chicago's armed violence has attracted widespread attention, including from Donald Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who attributed the problem to Chicago's long-running "democratic government" in a series of tweets on Sunday and Monday.
Passersby watch as police continue to investigate the avalanche of shootings in several neighborhoods
Chicago police officers and detectives investigate a shooting in which they shot several people on Sunday, August 5, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois
& # 39; 63 murders this weekend at Rahm Emmanuel's Chicago & # 39; tweeted, incorrectly. "His legacy more murders in his city than ever before, just because of the brainwashing of the Democrats, he has even a chance to stay"
President Trump said last year he was sending federal aid to fight armed violence in the city because it had reached "epidemic proportions."
The former mayor of New York City also tweeted his support to former Chicago superintendent Garry McCarthy, referring to him as & # 39; Jerry & # 39; and calling him a & # 39; police genius & # 39;
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 the video camera video showing a white policeman shooting a black teenager 16 times.
Giuliani tweeted: "You can do much better than Mayor Emmanuel, who is playing while Chicago burns."
Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but the city still recovers more guns every year than any other place in the nation.
In 60 percent of the cases, firearms used in violent crimes in Illinois come from outside the state, mainly from Indiana, which has much more lenient weapons laws.