04/16/2012 10:44 am ET Updated Apr 18, 2012

Chicago Shootings: 8 Dead, At Least 15 Hurt By Weekend Gun Violence

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At least eight people were killed and 15 hurt by gun violence over the weekend in Chicago.

Darryl Davidson, 23, was dead early Sunday after being shot in the chest twice in the 1300 block of South Springfield Avenue, according to ABC Chicago. He died at the scene of the shooting.

Brandon Miles, 19, was shot twice in the back while standing in front of a window in his living room in the 1000 block of North Waller Avenue around 2:50 a.m. Sunday, CBS Chicago reports. He was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital at 3:35 p.m.

About 7 p.m. Sunday, Kimberly Harris, 25, was fatally shot in the 2900 block of West Arthington Street in the city's Lawndale neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports. She was shot more than 20 times.

A person originally identified by police of an as yet unknown age was found in an alley with a gunshot wound to the head in the 4500 block of West Jackson Boulevard around 3:40 a.m. Monday, according to the Tribune.

CBS Chicago later reported that the individual shot on Jackson early Monday was a transgender woman.

Friday evening into Saturday morning, three people were fatally shot in separate incidents, including 21-year-old Michelle Gregory who was shot multiple times in the 3900 block of West 19th Street in the city's Lawndale neighborhood around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

At least 15 other people were hurt in shootings citywide between Friday evening and early Monday in Chicago. According to CBS, no one is in custody in any of the weekend's shootings.

Homicides and nonfatal shootings thus far this year alike have soared when compared to the same period of time last year in Chicago. Responding to criticism over recent gun violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has defended the steps the city has taken to fight crime on his watch, including conducting gang audits and shifting some 600 police officers from desk duty to the streets.

A coalition of churches in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood on Sunday held a prayer vigil at St. John Missionary Baptist Church and announced a new initiative aimed at getting more community members involved in CAPS and other crime-reduction programs, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

"We're tired of our children being killed, we're tired of our children being gunned down. Enough is enough," the Rev. A. Edward Davis, pastor of the church, told the Sun-Times.

The Tribune reports that initiative participants also plan to patrol neighborhood streets from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. each week throughout the summer.

WATCH Mayor Rahm Emanuel comment last week on recent Chicago gun violence:



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