Chicago faith leaders address deadly shootings, overwhelming crowds at Stroger

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CHICAGO -- Chicago's most violent weekend of the year continued right into Monday and overnight with several more shootings.

Police say three men were wounded Monday afternoon on West Iowa in the South Austin neighborhood. Two of the victims remain in critical condition.

These most recent shootings follow a deadly weekend where 75 people were shot, and 12 of them died.

Chicago faith leaders from around the city gathered Tuesday morning at Stroger Hospital, where gunshot victims were turned away over the weekend because the emergency room was full.

The ministers held a pray demonstration for victims, their families and the medical staff -- who were treating victims non-stop over the weekend.

Hospital officials say the surge in staffing over the weekend was not at its highest level, and the issue was the overflow of people in the ER.

Stroger Hospital released the following statement Sunday morning:

Over the past 24 hours, Stroger's trauma unit received an unusually high volume of patients. At no time did Stroger go on bypass or 'lockdown' its trauma unit.

We are asking the families of trauma patients to limit visitation at this time to immediate family members only so staff may focus on patient care.


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