A violent holiday weekend saw mass shootings in…
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A violent holiday weekend saw mass shootings in…

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A shooting at a street party in Detroit left two people dead and dozens injured, capping a violent holiday weekend in the US that also saw mass shootings in Kentucky and Chicago.

More than 100 people were shot in Chicago, 19 of them fatally, during the long Independence Day weekend, when violence often spikes. One mass shooting Thursday on Chicago’s South Side claimed the lives of two women and an 8-year-old boy. Two other children were also seriously injured.

“We can’t take our eye off the ball,” Chicago Police Superintendent Larry Snelling said at a news conference Monday. “We can’t stop thinking about the people who were victims of this crime.”

City officials announced plans Monday night to open an emergency resource center for people struggling with trauma, while Mayor Brandon Johnson blamed the widespread violence on years of underinvestment and poverty, particularly in the city’s black neighborhoods. Johnson, who took office last year, said Chicago has not received enough federal funding for victims and recently renewed his plea for help.

The four-day weekend in Chicago saw an increase in violence compared to the same time last year, when 11 people were killed and more than 60 injured.

“We are losing a part of the soul of Chicago,” Johnson said at a news conference. “We will not allow criminal activity to destroy and harm our city.”

In Detroit, two people were fatally shot and at least 19 were injured at a street party on the city’s east side Sunday morning, according to authorities. Detroit police have scheduled a news conference Monday to announce new safety strategies for street parties.

Shootings over the holiday weekend also occurred in California and Kentucky, where police say four people were killed and three others were wounded in an early-morning shooting at a house party. The shooting suspect later died after fleeing his home in Florence, Kentucky, and driving into a ditch during a police chase, authorities said. Florence is a city of about 36,000 people about 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Cincinnati, Ohio.