40 people shot in Chicago over bloody Christmas weekend

40 people shot in Chicago over bloody Christmas weekend

Forty people were shot in Chicago over the bitterly cold and snowy weekend, including three attacks in less than 24 hours that each left four or more people wounded.

Shootings normally decline when temperatures go down, but not this year in Chicago. At least 80 people were killed in the city in November alone. The deadliest weekend of the year so far was in late October. January started the year with at least 50 homicides.

The result has been one of the deadliest years since the 1990s.

The number of homicides this year is more than 750 – about 60 percent higher than over the same period in 2015.

Among the attacks over the weekend was a shooting in Fernwood on the Far South Side where four people were killed and one person was critically wounded, according to police.

Investigators believe someone in the home may have been selling drugs. A buyer likely came back to the house Saturday, broke in to rob the place and shot the five people, according to preliminary information from police.

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