CHICAGO — Weekend gun violence in Chicago left 7 people dead and 47 injured.
Things got so bad on Sunday, one of the city’s trauma centers — Mount Sinai Hospital — had to temporarily stop accepting patients, or go on bypass. "Bypass" means ambulances were directed to other hospitals.
Also early Sunday, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson held a news conference to address what he called "an unacceptable level of gun violence" that played out early Sunday.
Johnson said much of what happened was retaliation shootings, which created multiple victims. The first, being in the 2900 block of West Roosevelt in Douglas Park after 1 a.m. Sunday.
A Camero pulled-up and started shooting at a group of people who were barbecuing, and police said shots were returned. When it was over, seven people had been shot.
A little over an hour later, in the 1200 block of South Troy, two women were shot, and less than two hours after that, eight people were shot in the 1800 block of South Kildare Avenue. Demetrius Flowers, 33, was the only one who was killed in that shooting.
Chicago police released audio of the gunshots fired in on Kildare Avenue on Twitter. The gunshots were recorded by ShotSpotter technology.
Below is the sound that Chicago needs to change its ways on how we handle gun offenders. Audio from the tragic shooting at 18th & Kildare yesterday shows that criminals have no deterrent to carrying illegal guns in our city and this is what residents and police are up against. pic.twitter.com/VwixZwR0Vb
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 5, 2019
These shootings all played out in the 10th District on the West Side, and police said they were gang and drug-related.
To try to get a handle on things, 50 additional officers, tactical teams, and gang units were deployed in that district Sunday afternoon.
Johnson addressed the gun violence here and in both El Paso and Dayton: "We have to come together and figure out common sense solutions to these problems because clearly too many of our citizens are being shot and killed.”
Both Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Johnson held events Monday to help address gun violence.
At 9:30 a.m., Lightfoot was in Lawndale to speak on mental health issues. Lightfoot said the city can't police its way out of the violence.
"We’ve spent over the years probably hundreds of millions of dollars policing on the West Side," Lightfoot said. "CPD, federal and state and we have barely moved the needle. It is time for us to approach this from a very different prospective with very different resources.”
Instead, she said the focus should be on mental health, addiction services and adding resources to communities that have been disenfranchised for years.
At 11:45 a.m., Johnson held a press conference to announce a database that will keep track of felony gun arrests.
"Maybe this will motivate some conversation," Johnson said. "I just simply think we have to do something different."
The database went live Monday at 2 p.m. on the Chicago Police Department's website.
Chicago police released audio of the gunshots fired in the 1800 block of South Kildare Avenue on Twitter. The gunshots were recorded by ShotSpotter technology.