Chicago is rocked by weekend of bloodshed as 64 people were shot

Ella French

Chicago is rocked by another weekend of bloodshed as 64 people were shot in less than 72 hours - 10 fatal - including a policewoman who had just returned from maternity leave.

Ella French, 29, fatally shot during a Saturday traffic stop

She returned from maternity leave and left behind a two-month-old baby

A police spokesman said her colleague was "fighting for his life."

The two were shot after a car carrying two men and a woman was stopped on the south side of Chicago.

The CPD has arrested the three suspects in the shooting

Ten people were killed and 64 injured in gun violence in Chicago over the weekend

Incidents included two mass shootings at two separate nightclubs

Chicago police have arrested the three suspects in the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old female police officer killed during a traffic stop on the South Side as the nation's third-largest city grapples with the end of another week of deadly violence.

Ella French, a 29-year-old officer who had just returned to active duty from maternity leave, was killed, and her partner was seriously injured during an armed confrontation with three suspects.

A two-month-old daughter survived the French. She was one of 10 people killed and 64 injured in gun violence across Chicagoland over the weekend.

The two officers were shot after a car carrying two men, and a woman was stopped at 9 p.m., Eric Carter, Chicago's first deputy police chief, said at a news conference early Sunday morning.

The officers responded with fire, and one of the occupants of the car was injured.

The injured suspect was taken to Advocate Crest Medical Center; their condition is unknown.

Police said the three suspects had been arrested. Their names were not revealed until late Sunday.

Ella French, 29, was shot dead at 9 p.m. Saturday in Chicago during a traffic stop.

Chicago Police Department members form an honor guard as news of their colleague's murder spreads.

'My sister has always been an honest person,' Andrew French, Ella's older brother, told the Chicago Tribune. 

She has always believed in people and believed in doing the right thing. ... she always believes in taking care of people who can't take care of themselves. " He said.

"We will never forget the true courage she displayed when she sacrificed her life to protect others," the ministry said of the French on Facebook, adding that her fellow officers "will mourn the loss of this hero."

The department also asked for the support of the "injured French partner, who is in the hospital fighting for his life."

At a news conference Sunday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged Chicagoans to end the feud between ardent police supporters who say officers are held back by onerous rules and loyal critics who say officers act with impunity.

'Stop. Just stop, she said. "This ongoing struggle is not what we need at this moment."

"The police are not our enemy," Lightfoot added at the press conference.

"We must unite...we have a common enemy: the guns and the gangs."

Officers' shooting took place on another violent summer weekend in the country's third-largest city, with at least 64 people shot, 10 of whom were killed, by Sunday afternoon, ABC7 reported in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, 47 shootings occurred in the 24 hours between Saturday night.

The bloody incidents included two mass shootings in different nightclubs and a murder and a suicide.

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