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Feds intervene after violent weekend in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The federal government is offering help to the city of Chicago in the fight to end violence in the streets. The special section of the U.S. Attorney's Office will target drugs and guns.

The news was announced after an especially violent Easter weekend in the city.  Police officials say at least 44 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago. Eight of those victims died.

Monday night, two teen boys were wounded — one critically — in a shooting in the South Shore neighborhood. The two boys, ages 14 and 16, were standing on the sidewalk in the 1600 block of East 69th Street about 9:35 p.m. when they heard shots ring out and felt pain, police said.

They were both taken to Comer Children’s Hospital. The 14-year-old was shot in the back and listed in critical condition, while the 16-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the upper right thigh, police said.

Earlier this year, the federal government created a special violent crimes section as part of the restructuring of their office. That means 16 prosecutors from the narcotics and gang section will focus on how to use statutes and gun laws to go after people terrorizing the streets of Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he does not yet have all the details, but he is pleased they are coming in to help the situation in Chicago.

"I think it is a good thing, I welcome it," Mayor Emanuel said.

The man who will head up the special division is a U.S. Attorney who used to be a Cook County prosecutor. He is very familiar with the Chicago Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

The Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this story

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