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Monday shooting follows bloody weekend in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a shooting in the Woodlawn neighborhood Monday morning. The shooting came on the heels of a bloody weekend in Chicago where four people were killed and 36 others were injured.

The 21-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the head about 8:20 a.m. in the 6400 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said, citing preliminary information.

The victim was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in critical condition.

No one is in custody as Area Central detectives investigate. Officials believe the shooting may have been gang retaliation.

The shooting followed a violent weekend in Chicago. Police officials say four people were killed and at least 36 others were injured in shootings across the city.

A Chicago Public Schools official said relaxed state and federal gun laws are part of the violence problem in the city. Officials say other factors are high unemployment and the break down of family structure.

"While Chicago continues to see reductions in crime and violence, there's obviously much more work to be done and we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws," Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins said in a statement.

"From our officers to our police strategies to the city's strengthened investments in youth violence prevention to our close partnership with residents and community leaders, no one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety," Collins said.

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