CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - The first weekend of June is now the most violent weekend on record in Chicago this year. As of Monday morning, 10 people had been shot dead and an additional 42 others wounded.
Families and Chicago police are using the weekend to make a point, that laws need to change. CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that letting gun offenders out on I-bonds shows there is no repercussion for carrying an illegal gun in Chicago.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson ordered targeted patrols in certain areas in response to several gang-related incidents since Friday. Guglielmi says those efforts have netted 18 arrests and 92 seized guns since Friday evening.
Guglielmi says police are questioning several people of interest in some of the incidents and detectives have good leads in others. Police ask anyone with information to contact the.
In one shooting in Austin, three teenagers and a 22-year-old man were hit. It was the second time in 24 hours where several people were shot in one location. Chicago's other mass shooting prompted Northwestern University to send an alert to students and staff near the Gold Coast campus. At Chicago and Lake Shore Drive, four men were shot, ranging in age from 25 to 28.
There were more than 45 people that were wounded or killed by gun violence since 6pm Friday. Letting gun offenders out on I-Bonds shows there is absolutely no repercussion for carrying illegal guns In Chicago. https://t.co/GHLDYY3hf9— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) June 2, 2019
On the most violent weekend of the year so far, a celebration of life honored one of Chicago's most recognized victims of gun violence, Hadiya Pendleton.
"Hadiya's spirit was one of love and happiness and that's what we really try to embody everytime we do this," said Kalyn Jones, friend of Hadiya.
Families and friends who have lost loved ones to gun violence filled the Hadiya Pendleton Park at 44th and Calumet.
"It takes a community. It takes a village," said Ukaya McGee.
For Ukaya McGee, the pain is fresh. Her loved one was killed just six months ago.
"I pray for the mayor because she has her hands full," said McGee.
"It makes you don't even want to come to summer because it looks like the gun violence is down in the winter because everybody's just down in the house," said Tyana Liggett, friend of Hadiya.
In Garfield Park, a 31-year-old man in a black Jeep is now hospitalized. Police say he was driving near Lake and Hamlin around 2:30 this morning when someone shot him, causing him to crash against a pole. He survived. On Friday night, someone walked into a South Shore restaurant and opened fire, injuring a 36-year-old man. Families here know the heart ache that will come for victims this weekend.
"The road is long. It is lonely and it's sad and you will get through it. It's not easy, but you can get through it," said Cleopatra Pendleton, Hadiya's mother.
Over Memorial Day weekend, 41 people were shot and seven killed in Chicago gun violence.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.