City steps up efforts to curb violence ahead of holiday weekend; Trump weighs in again

CHICAGO — For the fifth year in a row, Chicago held a Night of Faith and Action Against Gun Violence on Friday to kick off Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson joined neighbors and clergy for an anti-violence event at Rain or Shine Baptist Church for one of the many events being held as part of the anti-violence movement.

But as that event was being held on the South Side, a man was wounded in a shooting in Noble Square.  The 20-year-old man was shot in his arm and taken to the hospital. He is in good condition. No one is in custody.

Earlier Friday, police wrapped up a major gun sweep. Chicago police and their federal partners targeted known offenders. Among the weapons recovered was a gun found in a home that houses a daycare on West Marquette Road.

President Donald Trump chastised Emanuel and his administration in a tweet Friday, while falsely saying that killings in Chicago are happening at a record pace.

The mayor’s office tweeted its response, calling Chicago a Trump-free zone, not a fact-free zone, that had a 21 percent drop in gun violence in 2017 and a 21 percent drop so far in 2018.