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2 gunmen open fire at Chicago basketball court, at least 13 wounded, incl 3yo

Published time: September 20, 2013 04:56
Edited time: September 21, 2013 04:48
Police investigate the scene in Cornell Square Park on the Southside where 11 people including a three-year-old child were shot on September 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Police investigate the scene in Cornell Square Park on the Southside where 11 people including a three-year-old child were shot on September 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Chicago police say two gunmen attacked a crowd on a park basketball court, with at least 13 people injured in the shooting, including three-year-old, their conditions from serious to critical. The gunmen haven’t been taken into custody yet.

Chicago Fire Department officials report the child is in critical condition. 

“They hit the light pole next to me, but I ducked down and ran into the house,” Julian Harris, uncle of the wounded child, said. “They've been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night, just gang-banging stuff. It's what they do.”

A witness at the scene told the Chicago Tribune that three police officers carried the child to an ambulance.

"I didn't hear any sounds from the child,” the witness said.
 

Police investigate the scene in Cornell Square Park on the Southside where 11 people including a three-year-old child were shot on September 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

The aunt of the boy who was shot told local reporters that her brother was killed on Labor Day at the beginning of September in Chicago, too. It’s her second relative affected by gun violence this month. 

Two other victims were also in critical condition, officials say. 

A witness told the Chicago Sun-Times that dreadlocked men shot at him from a gray sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park and firing at other people in the area.

The attack took place about 10:15 pm local time, and fire officials called an Emergency Medical Services Plan II, sending at least 10 ambulances to the scene.

About 60 police officers were also deployed. 


There were no immediate reports of fatalities, Chicago police officer Amina Greer told Reuters, and no one is currently in custody in connection with the shooting.

The territory where the shooting took place is cordoned off. 

Chicago has been torn by gun violence in recent years, racking up more than 500 murders in 2012, according to a report this week by the FBI.

By comparison, New York City, which has a population three times the size of Chicago, recorded 419 murders in 2012, the FBI said.



Comments (17)

 

Brad Mead 23.09.2013 01:25

Talk about blending in, the perps got it made.

 

iPhonePhixer 21.09.2013 12:40

This was not the work of gangbanging, it is the work of govt. agents who are working to take the guns from our hands so that we (the people) have no effective weapons to fight back with, when "they" start telling us when to come outside, when to go inside, when to work, how to work. We are being herded into a controlled way of life where, we will not be able to think for ourselves, even if we wanted to. Who else is one of those who is travelling to that undiscovered country, from whose born no traveler returns?

 

Terry Mckinney 20.09.2013 23:05

JUst gang bangin.It happens every night?What kind of country allows this to happen?The regularity of multiple shootings is frightening.

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