Police supt. in DC for gun violence summit after dozens shot over weekend

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CHICAGO–Chicago’s police superintendent is meeting with other police chiefs in Washington, D.C. Monday to talk about ways to curb gun violence.

The summit follows another deadly weekend in Chicago with three killed and 37 wounded in shootings across the city.

The latest numbers show more than 1600 people have been shot in Chicago since Jan. 1, exceeding statistics for the same time in 2014, when there were nearly 15-hundred, and in 2013 when there were a little more than 1200.

Over the weekend, shooting victims included a five-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy.

The girl was shot in the leg in Englewood when she was standing near a group of people who were arguing.

The seven-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder while riding in a car with a 19 year old man in the Belmont Central neighborhood.

Chicago police say while shootings are up from this time last year, overall crime is down nine percent.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy joins Cook County State`s Attorney Anita Alvarez in Washington to participate in the National Summit on Violence in America to address the increasing violence that is affecting major cities across the United States.

The summit was organized by the Major Cities Chiefs Association after police chiefs across the county noticed a rise in violent crime, and homicides in particular.

The summit brings together law enforcement officials and prosecutors from across the country.

One topic is how to handle repeat gun offenders.

The group will discuss prevention strategies to reduce violence.

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