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Chicago stunned by outbreak of weekend shootings

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:44 AM

CHICAGO (AFP) - At least nine people were murdered in Chicago over the Independence Day weekend in an explosion of violence branded “simply unacceptable” by its mayor.

There were 50 shootings from suppertime Thursday through midnight Sunday in the third most populous city in the United States, a police spokesman said.

The Chicago Tribune gave an even higher toll, saying 82 people were shot, 14 fatally, over the Independence Day holiday – including a 13-hour stretch from Sunday afternoon in which four people were killed and 26 wounded.

It also reported that police had shot five people, including two teenagers who died after allegedly failing to obey an order to drop their weapons.

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