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Boy, 3, among 13 injured in Chicago park shooting

 

Chicago Police detectives investigate the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Authorities said no one has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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Chicago Police detectives investigate the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Authorities said no one has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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HERBERT G. MCCANN 2 hours ago
 

CHICAGO (AP) — Thirteen people have been shot at a park on Chicago’s southwest side, including a 3-year-old boy who was in critical condition, in what authorities say was likely a gang-related shooting.

Officer Amina Greer said the shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

A witness, Julian Harris, told the Chicago Sun-Times that dreadlocked men fired at him from a gray sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood and firing at people. He said his 3-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 in critical condition. Officials at Mt. Sinai hospital said Friday that the boy was a patient there, but could not provide an update on his condition. Two other victims were also in critical condition. The others were reported in serious to fair condition.

Greer told The Associated Press early Friday that police have since identified a 13th victim, a 33-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the back near one shoulder. Other victims included a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old. She added that no arrests have been made and she had no further information to give out at the time.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Greer added.

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. The city’s Police Department has responded to shootings that have grabbed national headlines by stepping up its crime-fighting efforts, paying overtime to add patrols to some neighborhoods, including the Back of the Yards, where Thursday’s shooting took place.

According to Greer, at least 10 ambulances responded to the scene, transporting victims to several area hospitals. One victim transported himself to a hospital, police said.

Police spokesman Ron Gaines said victims were being interviewed to determine the circumstances of the shooting. He said no one had been taken into custody.

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 by what had happened.

She told the Sun-Times there hasn’t been much gun violence in the neighborhood in recent years, adding the neighborhood went from good to bad 10 years ago, to better recently.

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    Reuters
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    Reuters
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    Reuters
  • Feds charge W.Va. judge in drug-related conspiracy

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    Associated Press
  • Syrian rebels and al Qaeda group end battle near Turkish border

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    Reuters
  • Pope criticizes church emphasis on abortion, gays

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    Associated Press
  • Christian hostel helped by Syria rebels

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    AFP
  • New FBI chief warns budget cuts may put agents on furlough

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    Reuters
  • Egypt forces hunt down militants in Islamist bastion

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    AFP
  • Nigeria’s stolen oil is sold and laundered abroad: report

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    Reuters
  • Reid’s Chiefs lead Eagles 16-9 after 3 quarters

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    Associated Press

 

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