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Violence in Chicago is continuing to escalate now that police report that as many as 40 people have been shot, some fatally in the last 50 hours.

As previously reported, the number injured was estimated to be around 24 but now that number has spiked dramatically to 40.

The ongoing violence, which is being blamed on a rise in Chicago temperatures, is becoming so hectic that police report a boy being shot in the head just blocks away from a live police press conference.

Six people were injured and one killed in the South Side area, a man was killed in South Paulina, one man was found dead in the street, four men were shot and injured in their 20s.

Investigations into the shootings are still ongoing.

Police have six people “of interest” and some leads in the shootings.

Check out ABC 7′s coverage of this tragedy below.

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