Dozens shot in Chicago in burst of weekend gun violence

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Police in the U.S. city of Chicago have asked for more help to combat gun violence after more than 60 people were shot over the weekend. "Our souls are burdened".

Chicago Mayor and former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel raised eyebrows throughout the country Monday, telling his city's residents that neighborhoods need to "step up" and help stem the escalating gun-violence sweeping the region.

Nevertheless, Chicago's official murder count, at 310 killings before the weekend, was the highest in the country and far eclipsed those of America's two largest cities - NY and Los Angeles.

Chicago Police officers and detectives investigate a shooting where multiple people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, Illinois.

"Incidents of either random or targeted shootings on our streets are totally unacceptable", said Fred Waller, a Chicago Police Department commander.

"We as a city, in every corner, have an accountability and a responsibility".

Police blamed much of the carnage on gangs, which run rampant in some of the city´s poorest and predominantly minority neighborhoods on the west and south sides.

"Considering Rahm Emanuel has been mayor since 2011 and murders have gone up, what we've seen is a mass genocide in the streets of Chicago", Caldwell said, adding that unless President Trump intervenes, the only way to mitigate the violence would be to vote Emanuel out of office. Giuliani, referring to him as "Jerry", called him a "policing genius".

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"Chicago murders are [a] direct result of one-party Democratic rule for decades", Giuliani also tweeted. The toll ranks as the worst weekend of 2018, both in terms of deaths and total shot. But he said gang members and others arrested on gun charges aren't dealt with harshly enough.

On Sunday, seven people were killed and another 41 were wounded by gunfire. "It's the same people pulling the triggers".

Violence in the Midwestern city often spikes in the summer months, when the warm weather means more people are outside.

The violence peaked early Sunday, including one shooting on the South Side that wounded eight people.

Chicago saw fewer homicides in 2016 than in 2017; 650 and 771 respectively. Although the drop was significant, it exceeded the combined number of killings in New York City and Los Angeles, which are the two U.S. cities bigger than Chicago.

Federal authorities have increased their efforts in the city, creating a special task force in cooperation with local police to target those who repeatedly commit gun crimes.

In a statement, McCarthy called himself a "proud Democrat" and distanced himself from Giuliani's views and "the misguided, divisive tone and policies of Donald Trump".