1 dead, 27 wounded in weekend gun violence

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Chicago saw a new burst of bloody violence this weekend, with a string of shootings that killed at least one woman killed and wounded some 27 others.

Still, the numbers were down from the previous weekend when a burst of gun violence left at least 11 people dead and around 70 wounded.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the city’s first fatal shooting of the weekend killed a 29-year-old woman on Friday afternoon, police said. Investigators said she was getting an order of protection against a man, who got angry and returned to shoot her in the back. She later died at University of Chicago Hospital from her injuries.

After last weekend’s frustratingly high violence, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said 400 additional officers already were patrolling areas on the West and South Sides where most of the shootings unfolded. Another 200 were said to be added to affected neighborhoods by this weekend.

Still, many activists have said enough is enough, and have called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step aside.

“All of us know that this is not Chicago, what we saw,” Emanuel, a Democrat, said after last weekend's shootings. “We are better than what we saw.”

“We have ordered a series of strategic deployments aimed at keeping our community safe,” Johnson said Tuesday. “These additional deployments will continue to supplement existing manpower.”

“We are taking resources from other areas of the city,” Johnson added. “These are discretionary resources, so we are not taking any manpower from a particular district and relocating them; we’re taking manpower from units that do other things.”

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