The stress of living in challenging circumstances and the usual ebbs and flows of violence might have been some of the reasons why 40 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, national anti-violence advocates based there told USA TODAY.

Of those who were shot, 12 died, according to multiple media reports.

The city already has been in the national spotlight for increasing gun violence in recent years. The Chicago Police Department in a statement sent via e-mail Monday night said that the majority of the shootings were attacks or retaliation during holiday gatherings by gang members.

“Ninety percent of those fatally wounded had gang affiliations, criminal histories and were pre-identified by the department’s strategic subject algorithm as being a potential suspect or victim of gun violence,” the statement read.

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