- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say they will increase patrols on the city’s West Side as the Memorial Day weekend has seen an eruption of gun violence.

With about 40 shootings in the city between Friday and Sunday afternoon, four of them fatal, First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said Sunday police would increase an already beefed-up presence in the West Side’s Harrison police district. There were nineteen shootings reported in or within half mile of the district.

Escalante says the district “unfortunately traditionally has been a very tough place to police.”

Chicago police stepped up patrols throughout the city for the weekend to prevent the violence that occurred during the same period last year. Last year, 12 people were killed and 44 people were wounded in Chicago over the holiday weekend.

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