The Fourth of July weekend proved especially bloody in Chicago, a city already ravaged by gun violence.
At least 11 people were shot in roughly four hours Sunday afternoon, bringing the total number of people shot since the holiday weekend began to more than 60.
At least seven people were been killed over the long weekend, 5 NBC Chicago reports.
All of the killings were tragic, but the gruesomeness of one incident stands out. A 21-year-old man was killed and a 19-year-old man was wounded in a shooting around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. Police said the two were sitting in a car when someone approached their vehicle and opened fire before fleeing on foot. The 21-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The 19-year-old man was shot in the upper right thigh and was taken to a local in stable condition.
The gun violence comes against a backdrop of strong gun control laws put in place by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city officials.
When a federal judge in January 2014 overturned Chicago's 30-year ban on gun sales in the city, Emanuel and his team proposed very restrictive codes that effectively would prohibit gun shops in 99.5 percent of the city, require that all sales be videotaped, and limit buyers to one gun purchase every 30 days. Recently, the Chicago City Council endorsed Emanuel's plan. While it is bound to face a lawsuit, the mayor says he doesn't care: "You have to do what you think is right."
Gun control critics argue the grim statistics show tighter restrictions don't work. Others say even stronger laws are needed.
BREAKING: 60+ People Shot in Gun Control Capital of Chicago This Weekend - get ready for the excuses:) http://t.co/2gai6ksr2p- Saul Anuzis (@sanuzis) July 7, 2014
60 people shot in Chicago last weekend, which takes four months across all of Canada. Tell us more about the evils of gun control, @NRA.- The Canada Party (@theCanadaParty) July 7, 2014