3-year-old among 13 injured in shooting at Chicago park

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

Written by Associated Press | Chicago | Published:September 21, 2013 3:25 am

Thirteen people,including a 3-year-old boy,were injured late Thursday when someone opened fire on people in a park located in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighbourhood.

Chicago Fire Department officials said the child was in a critical condition. Two other victims were also critical,officials said.

Officer Amina Greer said the shooting occurred shortly after 10 pm Thursday. According to Greer,at least 10 ambulances responded to the scene,transporting victims to several area hospitals.

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 and firing at people in the area. 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,” he said. “They’ve been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night,just gang-banging stuff. It’s what they do.”

Authorities said no one had been taken into custody in connection with the shooting.

Francis John,70,said she went to see what was going on and “many youngsters were running scared”. She said she was surprised by what had happened,saying she lived in the neighbourhood for 30 years.

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