Chicago has already seen more than 2,000 shootings this year

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Chicago Has Already Seen More Than 2,000 Shootings This Year

In 2016 alone, more than 2,000 people have been victims of gun violence in Chicago.

Last year, nearly 3,000 people were shot in Chicago, and so far every month in 2016 has seen more violence than in 2015, according to data from The Chicago Tribune.

These numbers come after a violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago. Four people were killed and 62 were injured from gun violence. Last year, 10 people were killed in shootings over the holiday weekend.

"We're making progress. It's not success yet, but these are just ... this goes a long way to letting everybody know that we are focusing on the right individuals," said Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Chicago deployed thousands of extra officers on overtime to patrol the city over the holiday weekend. Police also arrested 88 people on narcotics and weapons charges Friday in hopes of getting ahead of the violence.

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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Kathleen Sances, executive director of the Gun Violence Prevention PAC, protests with other demonstrators outside the Hilton Hotel where New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was attending a fundraiser for Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on July 25, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. About 100 demonstrators opposed to Christie and Rauner's stances on gun control, teacher and other public employee pensions and other issues chanted and made speeches outside the hotel during the fundraiser. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Melted candles stain the sidewalk during a memorial service for Shamiya Adams on July 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Adams, 11, was killed while spending the night at a friend's home when a stray bullet flew through an open window and an interior wall and struck her in the head on July 18th. The memorial service was held outside of the home in which Adams was killed. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Jonathan Beavers, 11, signs a poster memorializing Shamiya Adams on July 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Adams, 11, was killed while spending the night at a friend's home when a stray bullet flew through an open window and an interior wall and struck her in the head on July 18th. The memorial service was held outside of the home in which Adams was killed. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Residents watch from across the street during a memorial service for Shamiya Adams on July 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Adams, 11, was killed while spending the night at a friend's home when a stray bullet flew through an open window and an interior wall and struck her in the head on July 18th. The memorial service was held outside of the home in which Adams was killed. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks at a news conference Monday, July 7, 2014, in Chicago. McCarthy spoke about the dozens of shootings that left at least nine people dead and dozens more wounded, including eight incidents in which police shot at offenders or were shot at by offenders during the long Fourth of July weekend. Police displayed some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
FILE - In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago police display some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence during a news conference in Chicago. During the news conference, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy spoke about the more than 50 people were shot in the city, including multiple deaths, during the long Fourth of July weekend. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
FILE - In this Monday, July 7, 2014 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks at a news conference about the more than 50 people that were shot in the city, including multiple deaths, during the long Fourth of July weekend. Police displayed some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
FILE - In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks at a news conference about the more than 50 people were shot in the city, including multiple deaths, during the long Fourth of July weekend. Police displayed some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks at a news conference Monday, July 7, 2014, in Chicago. McCarthy spoke about the dozens of shootings that left at least nine people dead and dozens more wounded, including eight incidents in which police shot at offenders or were shot at by offenders during the long Fourth of July weekend. Police displayed some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks at a news conference Monday, July 7, 2014, in Chicago. McCarthy spoke about the dozens of shootings that left at least nine people dead and dozens more wounded, including eight incidents in which police shot at offenders or were shot at by offenders during the long Fourth of July weekend. Police displayed some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Members of a motorcycle club rev their engines during a memorial service for Shamiya Adams on July 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Adams, 11, was killed while spending the night at a friend's home when a stray bullet flew through an open window and an interior wall and struck her in the head on July 18th. The memorial service was held outside of the home in which Adams was killed. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Audry Miller is comforted by community activist Andrew Holmes during a memorial service for her granddaughter, Shamiya Adams, on July 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Jalante, along with family members, prepare to release ballons during a prayer vigil. Adams, 11, was killed while spending the night at a friend's home when a stray bullet flew through an open window and an interior wall and struck her in the head on July 18th. The memorial service was held outside of the home in which Adams was killed. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 9: A teddy bear rests on a memorial in the Roseland neighborhood with stones for each young person 24 and under killed in shootings in the metro area since May 2007, on June 9, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Diane Latiker, who lives across the street, started the memorial and founded a nonprofit called Kids Off the Block. 'I built it because I was tired of the violence,' she says. The memorial is full with 374 stones. An additional 452 stones are waiting for space. Home Depot is going to sponsor a bigger memorial in the same spot. Roseland, on the south side of the city, is one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in the area. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
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This uptick in violence comes as Chicago police are reportedly being less aggressive in pursuing criminals due to the so-called "Laquan McDonald effect."

Video showed a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times. Police say McDonald had a knife. The officer who shot him was eventually charged with murder.

The previous interim superintendent said officers have slowed down on the job to avoid being the next "viral video" and facing repercussions.

Moving forward, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said that keeping repeat gun offenders off the streets could help stop the problem. He's made repeated calls for longer sentences for offenders with a history of gun violence.

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