Chicago park shootings: 13 in critical condition after gang violence (+video)(Read article summary)
Chicago park shootings injure 13 people in a late-night attack in a south side Chicago neighborhood. A witness says: It's 'just gang-banging stuff. It’s what they do.'
Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were wounded during a late-night attack in a south side Chicago park on Thursday in what police say was a gang-related shooting.
Two gunmen opened fire on a group gathered on a basketball court in the Back of Yards neighborhood about 10:15 p.m., according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Three victims are in critical condition, including the 3-year-old, Deonta Howard, according to an AP report.
The boy’s uncle, Julian Harris, said dreadlocked gunmen in a gray sedan fired at him on the corner of Wood and 51st before shooting up the nearby Cornell Square Park.
“They hit the light pole next to me, but I ducked down and ran into the house,” Mr. Harris said to the Sun Times. "They’ve been coming ‘round here looking for people to shoot every night – just gang-banging stuff. It’s what they do.”
Police have not discussed the details of the shooting, though they have said the violence was gang-related, according to the Sun Times.
A police department spokesman said no arrests have been made in the shooting, and victims were being interviewed to try to determine the circumstances of the attack.
About 60 police officers were on the scene at the peak of activity.
This attack is part of a recent spike in gun violence in Chicago originating from hundreds of gang factions established in block-by-block territories on the south and west sides of the city. An outpouring of gun-related violence over Labor Day weekend resulted in eight deaths and more than 20 injuries.