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Chicago continues to bleed after a wave of shootings over Christmas weekend left 12 dead

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A wave of gang violence led to a surge in shootings in Chicago over the Christmas holiday weekend -- 12 people in 40 separate shootings as a bloody year continued in the city.

Chicago police have reported 753 homicides and nearly 3,500 shootings between Jan. 1, 2016 and Christmas, according to CNN. In the same time-frame in 2015, police reported 478 homicides and about 2,400 shootings.

Chicago police said 90 percent of the deaths this past weekend were gang-related.

They were targeted knowing fully well that individuals would be at the homes of family and friends celebrating the holidays.
Eddie Johnson

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the holidays made victims easier targets, and the first wave of shooting sparked violent retaliation. 

He called on Chicago lawmakers to strengthen gun laws, specifically targeting repeat offenders.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Chicago. Chicago's police department will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years, Johnson announced Wednesday, saying it'll help the city deal with a dramatic increase in shootings and homicides. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Chicago. Chicago's police department will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years, Johnson announced Wednesday, saying it'll help the city deal with a dramatic increase in shootings and homicides. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

The city plans to hire 970 new officers in response to the outbreak. But a Chicago Tribune report in October found many officers kept their jobs despite dozens of complaints.

Here's what the new officers will do once hired.

Donald Trump often pointed to Chicago's violence as a failure of Democratic leadership.

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