Chicago Police chief of patrol Fred Waller told a press conference Sunday afternoon some of the shootings were “ targeted ” and related to gang conflicts .“ The city of Chicago experienced a violent night . Incidents of either random or targeted shooting on our streets is totally unacceptable , ” he said .
CNN reported multiple shootings took place between midnight and 2 :00 pm local time — with 10 taking place in just three hours from 1 :30 am.
Gunmen targeted groups including one gathering of people who had attended a funeral repast, police said , adding that one of the injured victims was an 11 – year -old boy.
Chicago experienced a near 20 – year record number of murders in 2016 , prompting President Donald Trump to regularly single out the city for criticism .
But Waller said so far this year, there has been a reduction in shootings of over 30 percent in Chicago , while murders are down by 25 percent .
“That ’ s not a victory by any means , or any stretch ” he said . “But we continue to head in the right direction He also said more than 5 , 500 illegal guns had been confiscated from the city’ s streets .
“ I promise this city, we won ’ t be defeated , ” he vowed during the press conference .
“We all live in this city. We all want this city to be safer . ”