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At least 54 people were shot across Chicago, six of them fatally, by Monday afternoon of the Fourth of July weekend.

Last year’s Independence Day weekend ended with 66 people shot — a total that actually stoked cautious optimism with the lowest death toll for the July 4 weekend in nearly a decade.

On Saturday, Chicago Police touted a 14 percent decline in shootings this year compared to the first six months of 2016, and they hoped to tamp down the holiday weekend violence with the help of a new gun violence strike force that includes ATF agents.

At least 1,794 people have been shot in the city this year, 314 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

In the latest killing, officers responded to a call of a person shot about 11:35 p.m. Sunday and found 39-year-old Jermaine E. Blandin lying face down in the street in the 1800 block of West 14th Street in the Illinois Medical District on the Near West Side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, two men were killed and a third was wounded in a Bronzeville neighborhood shooting on the South Side. Police responded to the 4200 block of South State, where they found two men, 31 and 47, who were shot in the head.

Two other men were killed as they stood on the porch of the building, authorities said. Those men, ages 30 and 50, were each shot in the chest and legs when two males walked up to them and opened fire. 

The weekend’s most recent nonfatal shooting happened at 10:13 a.m. Monday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 32-year-old man was shot in the arm in a drive-by shooting in the 1000 block of North Central Park, police said. He drove himself to Norwegian American Hospital.

At least 46 more people were wounded in separate shootings between 4:45 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday. Follow Fourth of July weekend violence on the Chicago Sun-Times shooting tracker.

Additionally, a Chicago Police officer fatally shot 37-year-old Quintec Locke during an “armed confrontation” Saturday night in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Police said an AK-47 and a handgun were recovered at the scene. A nonprofit organization that advocates for police accountability said Locke’s family is consulting with lawyers, and wants the body-camera footage released sooner than the 60-day deadline mandated by the Independent Police Review Authority.

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 Happy Fourth.


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