Chicago saw a new wave of bloody violence this weekend, with a series of shootings that killed at least one woman and wounded 27 others.
Nevertheless, the numbers from the previous weekend had dropped with a firearm violence left at least 11 people dead and about 70 wounded.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the city's first lethal shootout killed a 29-year-old woman on Friday afternoon, police said. The investigators said she would receive a protective order against a man who got angry and returned to shoot her in the back. She later died of her injuries at the University of Chicago.
After last weekend's frustratingly high violence, police officer Eddie Johnson said 400 additional officers were already patrolling areas on the west and south sides where most shootings unfolded. Another 200 are due to come to the affected quarters by this weekend.
Nevertheless, many activists have said enough is enough and have asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step aside.
"We all know that this is not the case Chicago, what we have seen," said Emanuel, a Democrat, following the shootings last weekend. "We are better than what we saw."
"We have ordered a series of strategic operations to bring our community to safety," Johnson said Tuesday. "These additional missions will further complement the existing workforce."
"We're taking resources from other areas of the city," Johnson added. "These are discretionary resources, so we do not take workers from a particular district and relocate them, we take workers from units that do other things."
Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., Said the criminal environment in Chicago was due to be neglected for years to come.
"People do not have enough space, people do not have enough to eat, people do not get the kind of education they need to get," Davis said. "People who are not sure what the next day will bring them, people who have lost hope, who have given up their government."
Several politicians emphasized the importance of family and community leaders in the fight against violence.
Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. condemned drugs and his winnings as "blood money," and said parents should not look away when their children come home with goods that adults know they have not given them the money to buy ,
"There are too many blind eyes in our community," Burnett said:
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.