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14 killed, including 2 cops shot, 4th of July weekend in Chicago

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More than fireworks transpired Fourth of July weekend, as at least 92 people were shot, 14 of them fatally, including two police officers.

Among those shot since Friday were two young girls, ages 6 and 5, and two Chicago police officers who were breaking up a large crowd that had gathered on the city’s Far West Side.

Bullets have struck six children in total over the weekend.

“We’ve seen too many times tragically someone else was being targeted and the innocent child is struck,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said during a press conference Monday while checking on the conditions of his officers, a commander and sergeant, who were both wounded by gunfire.

The high level of gun violence has some community activists calling for the resignation and/or firing of Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.

“The superintendent keeps regurgitating the old playbook expecting for different results,” says Eric Russell.

“If policing kept us safe, we would be the safest community in the country, and clearly we are not,” added Cate Reading.

Late Sunday afternoon, a 5-year-old girl was shot in a leg, also in West Pullman.

The Washington Park shooting happened around 1:05 a.m. Monday in the 6100 block of South Wabash Avenue. Someone inside a car that drove by a group of people there started shooting, according to the police.

A woman, 29, was struck in the elbow and taken to the hospital in good condition, and the sixth victim, a 34-year-old woman, suffered two graze wounds, according to the police.

“I wish that whatever this madness is going on, I wish that it would stop,” said Toni Watkins, according to Chicago Sun Times, who lives in an apartment complex that overlooks the parking lot where the shooting was and has lived in the area for seven years. “Usually, I feel safe around here. But now this has me questioning it because it’s close to home right now.”