At least eight people were killed and 46 were injured in shootings since Friday in Chicago, the latest in a string of violent weekends the city's top cop said he won't tolerate.
"None of it is OK," said Supt. Garry McCarthy. "And I don't want it to seem like we're managing it, but the realistic expectations have to be over the long-term."
The youngest to die was a 16-year-old boy shot Saturday night on his front porch on the 6100 block of South Rockwell. Police said they believe the shooting was gang-related.
The most shootings occurred during several hours between Saturday night and Sunday morning. McCarthy said guns and gang activity remain a huge issue for the city but maintains overall crime in Chicago is down 10 percent.
"Crime reduction is a process," McCarthy said. "We implement the strategies and the question is are we doing better than we were last year. And the answer is yes."
After a bad first quarter that saw a 60 percent spike in murders over the previous year, McCarthy said shootings are down eight percent in the second quarter and gun recovery is up 20 percent.
He pointed out this time last year 17 people were murdered in a week.
"It's not something we want to declare victory about, but it's progress," McCarthy said. "You have to have that perspective and it's the reality."
Many of the shootings occurred on the city's South and West sides, but violence trickled into a tourist-filled area late Saturday and Sunday.
A 36-year-old man walking home in the Gold Coast was beaten by a large group around 10 p.m. Sunday and robbed of his iPhone.
In a separate incident two men were beaten and robbed by a group of 10 teens around 9:50 p.m. Saturday in Streeterville. A third attack occurred around 10:20 p.m. Saturday when a man and a woman near the Red Line Station at State and Lake were approached by a group and the man was attacked, police said.
"It didn't happen overnight," McCarthy said of the violence. "It didn't start overnight, and it's not going to be repaired overnight."
"The fact is it's turning in the right direction."