In this July 3, 2016 photo, a man is taken into an ambulance after a shooting in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP)
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The July 4 weekend in Chicago ended with three people shot to death and nearly 50 others wounded by gunfire, as the police force flooded the streets with thousands of officers and arrested dozens of gang members.On Tuesday, a day after pointing to the statistics as "progress" in the fight against the city's street violence, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that while this July 4 weekend was one day longer than last year's, there were three fewer homicides and just two more shooting victims. The weekend also ended with three fewer homicides and six fewer shooting victims than the Memorial Day weekend. The dramatic rise in the number of homicides and shootings in the first half of 2016 compared to the same time last year -- culminating in 72 homicides and 447 shooting victims in June alone -- had raised fears in some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods that the long holiday weekend would be particularly bloody.
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