Boy, 3, among 13 injured in Chicago park shooting-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
CHICAGO -- Thirteen people were shot at Chicago park, including a three-year-old boy left in critical condition, in what authorities said was likely a gang-related shooting.
Thursday night's attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols.
A witness, Julian Harris, told the Chicago Sun-Times that dreadlocked men fired at him from a car before turning toward Cornell Square Park and firing at people.
He said his three-year-old nephew was wounded in the cheek.
"They hit the light pole next to me, but I ducked down and ran into the house," Harris said. "They've been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night, just gang-banging stuff. It's what they do."
Chicago Fire Department officials said the child was one of three people in critical condition. The others were reported in serious to fair condition.
Officer Amina Greer told The Associated Press early Friday that no arrests have been made.
"It's an ongoing investigation," Greer said.
The shooting comes nearly three weeks after Chicago saw an outburst of violence over the Labor Day weekend that ended with eight dead and 20 others injured.
Francis John, 70, said she was in her apartment when the shooting occurred. She said she went down to see what was going on, and "a lot of youngsters were running scared." A 30-year resident, she said she was surprised. She told the Sun-Times there hasn't been much gun violence in the neighborhood in recent years. (AP)