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  • 7 July 2014, 14:43

More Than 60 Shot Over Weekend In Chicago

More than 60 people were shot in Chicago over the July 4 holiday in a wave of ongoing gun violence.

A total of nine people were killed over the Independence Day weekend, said ABC and NBC, while five people were shot by police.

The city has been hit by a spate of shootings recently, during which 35 were shot and wounded and one killed over the previous weekend and dozens more shot dead or injured in the last few months.

One of those shot by police over the holiday weekend was a 16-year-old boy. He was killed while sheltering under a car in Gresham, south Chicago.

CBS Chicago named him as Warren Robinson, who was said to be just shy of his 17th birthday.

Police said he was tracked to an alleyway where he was seen with a gun in his hand after they received reports of shots fired.

Officials said he was told to drop the weapon several times but refused and kept his finger on the trigger at all times during his encounter with officers.

The boy's mother, meanwhile, told CBS the police were lying.

Georgiana Utendahl said: "They shot him over 20 times. They are trying to say he had a gun on him and he didn't have a gun on him."

It was the second fatal shooting by police over the weekend.

On Friday a man was shot when officers said a gun he was carrying was pointed at them.

Two other men were shot and wounded by police in separate incidents in Hamilton Park and Rogers Park.

In a fifth incident, a suspect was taken to hospital after he was shot by officers following a chase through Englewood, during which he pointed a gun at those pursuing him.

CBS's news correspondent Armen Keteyian, who has investigated gun violence in the city, says that much of the latest upsurge can be put down to gangs and drugs and an attempt by Mexico's ruthless Sinaloa cartel to take over the heroin trade.

The number of murders and shooting this year is still down on 2012, when more than 500 were killed overall.

A total of 565 have been shot in the first four months of 2014, compared to 775 in the same time period in 2012, said CBS.

But the number of murders in 2014 up to April was the second fewest since 1959.

Despite the large number of shooting incidents, the city is not in the top ten of gun-related homicides per head of population, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The rate is around 11 gun murders per year per 100,000 people, compared to 62 murders per year per 100,000 in New Orleans.

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