8 killed in Chicago over Labor Day weekend

CHICAGO – Eight people were killed and more than 20 others were wounded during a series of shootings in Chicago over the holiday weekend.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that one of the victims shot between Friday night and Monday night was a 16-year-old boy, killed Monday in the Roseland neighborhood.

But police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told WBBM-TV Tuesday that progress is being made combating gun violence. He said there have been more than 100 fewer homicides over the last 11 months compared to the same period last year and nearly 500 fewer shooting victims.

On Tuesday the department also released its latest statistics on seized weapons. According to police, officers have seized more than 4,800 illegal firearms in 2013 – more than any department in the United States.