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Report: Chicago July 4th weekend shooting death toll climbs to 16

Officers at the scene of a shooting in Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood. CBS Chicago

CHICAGO - Chicago's Fourth of July weekend death toll has climbed to 16 with the death of two men shot just before midnight Sunday and early Monday, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office says 25-year-old William Allen was pronounced dead shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Police say Allen was shot Sunday night.

Cassius White, 19, was pronounced dead at 5:54 a.m. Monday after he was shot around 12:40 a.m. that day, reports the paper. A 16-year-old boy who was with him was reportedly shot in the leg, but survived.

Allen and White were among 82 people who were shot over the long Fourth of July weekend, according to the paper. Two of those shot were boys, 14 and 16, shot by police after authorities said they refused to drop their weapons, the paper reports.

The violence continued overnight Monday when a 19-year-old woman was shot and killed by a shooter who approached her on a bicycle, reports the paper. Eight others were wounded in shootings overnight.

Ross Rice, a security consultant for CBS Chicago, told the station the violence over the weekend speaks to a larger problem.

"I think it is representative of the gang, drug, gun violence problem that still persists in Chicago," Rice said. "It's not a law enforcement problem solely. There's not going to be a law enforcement solution to this. You can't arrest your way out of gang violence."

  • Crimesider Staff

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