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Report: Chicago shootings leave 9 dead, 28 wounded over the weekend

A Chicago Police Department patrol car escorts the motorcade of US President-elect Barack Obama as he travels through the streets of Chicago on his way to his transition office on November 20, 2008. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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(CBS) CHICAGO - Nine people died and another 28 were wounded after another bloody weekend of gun violence in the Windy City, reports CBS Chicago.

Chicago police also arrested more than 300 people, most of whom they say are gang members, and seized more than 100 weapons in a city-wide drug bust, the station reports.

According to the station, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced the weekend drug crackdown aimed at reducing drug-related gang violence, and said that news reports tallying murders and shootings in Chicago could be exaggerating the city's violence problems.

McCarthy reportedly said that although the city's murder rate is up about 30 percent compared to last year, the murder rate was much higher earlier in the year, proving anti-gang strategies have been working to cut down on violence.

While Chicago police are trying to stem the surge of shootings in the city, an analysis shows that they often get little help from victims.

The Chicago Tribune reports that investigators have suspended nearly 80 percent of their investigations into nonfatal shootings in Chicago because the victims wouldn't cooperate. The newspaper reviewed more than 1,100 cases through the first seven months of the year.

Chief of Detectives Thomas Bryne says it's frustrating that there's still a "no-snitch" code at work.

The Tribune reports that records show that 75.9 percent of the cases the newspaper examined were classified as "suspended" because the victims wouldn't cooperate with police.  An additional 4.4 percent were cases in which police had identified a suspect but the victims wouldn't help with the prosecution.

  • Casey Glynn

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