Labor Day weekend violence down in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Chicago saw less gun violence over the Labor Day weekend compared to the same weekend last year after the police department flooded the streets with more officers and made a concerted effort to arrest people most likely to be involved in violent crime. 

The police department says there were seven homicides over the long weekend compared to 13 during the same weekend last year and 28 shooting incidents compared to 40 last year. 

The Chicago Tribune reports that among the homicide victims were a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed after an argument outside his home Monday night. His father told the newspaper that the boy was excited for the start of the new school year, which began in Chicago Tuesday.   

An additional 1,300 officers were deployed during the weekend — repeating a strategy implemented during Memorial Day and July Fourth weekends. Those weekends saw significantly more violence than the Labor Day weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune. More than 50 people were shot, eight fatally, during Memorial Day weekend, and more than 100 were shot during the Fourth of July weekend, 15 fatally.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also says undercover drug and gun buy operations resulted in the arrest just before or during the holiday weekend of 140 people who have been known to be involved in gun violence.