At Least 12 Children Among 100 Injured in Chicago Shootings Over July 4th Weekend

At least 12 of the 100 people shot in Chicago over the long July Fourth weekend were children, according to the city's police department. None of the children had died from their injuries by Tuesday morning, but at least three were in critical condition, the Associated Press reported.

Of the 100 people shot, 18 were killed, the police department said. The total surpassed the number of shootings throughout last year's July Fourth weekend, which saw 70 wounded and 17 killed, including a 7-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy.

Police Superintendent David Brown attributed the influx of shootings to the court system, which discharges people charged with violent crimes from custody on electronic monitoring.

"The courts releasing people charged with murder back into the creating an unsafe environment for all of us," Brown said during a news conference.

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Of the 100 people shot in Chicago over the July 4th weekend, 12 victims were children, according to authorities. Police are seen here securing the scene of a shooting on June 15, 2021, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Brown has been under pressure for the violent crime that rose dramatically in 2020 compared to the year before and shows little sign of slowing down thus far this year. Even before the holiday weekend, the department said in the first six months of the year there were 332 homicides compared to 338 for the same period last year and that there were more shooting victims and shooting incidents than during the same six-month period last year.

He picked up Tuesday where he left off last week when he was called before the City Council to explain his crime-fighting strategies ahead of what is traditionally one of the most violent weekends of the year.

As he did in his City Council appearance, Brown defended his department, including in his briefing to reporters that his officers had recovered 244 illegal guns over the long weekend.

"Strategy-wise, we did our part," he said.

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Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown blamed the influx of shootings in the city on the court system, which releases people charged with violent crimes from custody on electronic monitoring. Here, Brown arrives at the funeral of Sergeant Clifford Martin, a 25-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, on April 21, 2020 in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images