In this June 24, 2014, Andres Brown, a member of a non-profit group called 'I Grow Chicago,' patrols an intersection where an IGC yoga class is taking place on the often violent streets of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. The yoga class is the latest attempt to curb violence in a city where the number of homicides and guns seized leads the nation.

Gun Violence Plagues Independence Day Weekend in Chicago

Dozens of people were shot in Chicago over the holiday weekend.

In this June 24, 2014, Andres Brown, a member of a non-profit group called 'I Grow Chicago,' patrols an intersection where an IGC yoga class is taking place on the often violent streets of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. The yoga class is the latest attempt to curb violence in a city where the number of homicides and guns seized leads the nation.

Andres Brown, a member of a non-profit called 'I Grow Chicago,' patrols an intersection where the group's yoga class is taking place on June 24, 2014, on the often violent streets of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. 

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Dozens of people were shot in Chicago over the Independence Day weekend, despite police efforts to curb the city’s gun violence.

Exact totals vary, but CNN reports that at least 11 people were killed and at least 50 more were injured since Thursday. USA Today, on the other hand, reports that at least 14 were killed and 82 more were injured over the holiday weekend.

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“Going into a holiday weekend like this, we obviously had a plan – [it] included putting hundreds of more officers on the streets at the times that we needed them and in the places we needed them,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told USA Today. “What were the results? The results were a lot of shootings and a lot of murders unfortunately.”

The majority of the shootings occurred on Chicago’s west and south sides. 

One of the victims, a 21-year-old man, was sitting in his car on the 5200-block of West Lake Street when he was shot in the head, his relatives told WLS-TV.

“We saw an unacceptable level of gun violence this weekend, and there is clearly much more work to be done,” police spokesman Martin Maloney told CNN’s affiliate WBBM.

Officers shot five suspects, two of which died, between Friday and Saturday, police told CNN.

In one of the fatal shootings, police told USA Today, officers shot and killed 14-year-old Pedro Rios after he pointed a revolver at one of them. Rios was allegedly seen “with an object protruding from his waistband” before he started running from police.

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The city’s gun violence demanded attention in 2012 when it was the only city in the U.S. to accumulate more than 500 homicides. But before the weekend, the violence seemed to have marginally subsided, with 172 homicides through June 30, said USA Today. That was 82 less than the same time in 2012. 

CNN reported there have been 880 shootings as of June 29, averaging around five per day.

“We’re celebrating independence, but we feel like we’re in prison,” Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church told WLS-TV.