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Chicago looks to curb violence ahead of Fourth of July weekend

CHICAGO (AP) — Activists and local leaders are calling for more state and federal support as shootings across Chicago over the weekend have left three children dead.

One of the slain children was a 10-year-old girl who died Saturday night after a stray bullet came through an apartment window and struck her in the head.

Earlier Saturday, a 1-year-old boy was killed and his mother injured when a gunman opened fire on their vehicle.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown says he'll put 1,200 extra cops on the street during the July 4 weekend in the hopes of stemming the surge in violence that typically comes with the holiday weekend.

Brown said Monday that he didn't do so during the long Memorial Day weekend or during subsequent weekends that were also particularly violent.

In total, there were at least 10 shooting fatalities over this past weekend.

He's also urging the criminal justice system to keep those arrested on gun and drug charges locked up for the entire weekend.

This weekend is seen as a major test for Brown, who took the job two months ago and who was criticized for the bloodshed over Memorial Day weekend.

Also, a 17-year-old died after he got into an altercation and someone fired shots.

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