8 people shot in Chicago even as thousands of officers work longer shifts over holiday weekend

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CHICAGO — Shootings across Chicago have killed at least three people and wounded five others even as thousands of police officers work longer shifts over the long July Fourth weekend.

Police are trying to avoid a repeat of last year's bloody holiday weekend, when 14 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in 53 shooting incidents.

According to police, some of the eight shootings so far since Thursday afternoon were gang related.

In one of those, a gunman walked up to a 26-year-old man sitting on a porch in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and shot him in the back.

In the Brainerd area, a gunman in a van shot and killed a 46-year-old man. A 43-year-old woman walking with him was wounded.

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