13 Wounded in a Hail of Gunfire in Chicago Park

Eyewitnesses said the shooter appeared to be firing randomly at passersby

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Police investigate the scene in Cornell Square Park where 11 people including a three-year-old child were shot on September 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

Updated at 10:38 a.m. on September 20, 2013

A gunman opened fire in a Chicago park on Thursday night, wounding 13 people, including a three-year-old boy who was shot in the head. Eyewitnesses told the New York Times that a man with dreadlocks in a gray sedan seemed to be firing randomly at passersby in Cornell Square Park and on an adjoining street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood around 10:15 p.m. One eyewitness called it the usual “gangbanging stuff.” Chicago police told the Tribune a total of 13 people were shot: the boy, 10 adults, and two teens. Three people, including the toddler, are in critical condition, but there were no reported deaths at the scene.

Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church has been communicating with the boy’s family and told the Chicago Sun-Times that he is “doing fine” after surgery and is in serious but stable condition.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the incident “senseless and brazen” and vowed that the shooters would be “brought to justice.” He cancelled his attendance at a New Jersey political event to return to Chicago.

[The New York Times]

4 comments
waltd4
waltd4

@Openminded1 maybe you should tune in to the Al Sharpton show than maybe you would have heard words from Rev. Al. Obama the former Senator of Illinois has been speaking out about the black on black violence in Chicago, but you missed it you probably never heard of Obama until he became your President. There are many people in Chicago who hold forums to find ways to decrease the violence in that city, however you would not know because the closest thing to Chicago you have been is right here on these forums.

Openminded1
Openminded1

Where is Obama and his big mouth now? no words from Rev Big mouth AL, or jessie. the black on black crime. All those Trayvons that could have been Obama or his sons. Not to mention the black thug shooting a little boy. Wheres the race card now you double standard racist ass wipes.

Ahu
Ahu

@Openminded1  

A 3 year old child gets shot in the head and no one cares. Why? Because it's not a racial issue that people can pick their pitchforks over.

I don't understand how violence between people of different races worse. If anything it's more segregating when you make white on black or black on white crimes a "bigger" deal than crime between the same races. It highlights the racial difference.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Ahu @Openminded1 It is hard to tell from your post what the hell you are talking about, i was clear there is a major problem with black on black crime. the powers to be and big mouth race card baiting morons like sharpton need to speak and hold there forums reference to crimes of black on black not try to start a race war and divide blacks and whites with race card bs.


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