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Chicago Halloween Mass Shooting Injures 14


Chicago Halloween Mass Shooting Injures 14 | Image by Chicago Tribune/AP

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A mass shooting in the West Side of Chicago on Halloween night injured at least 14 people, including several children.

Some of those injured included a 3-year-old, an 11-year-old, and a 13-year-old, police said. The rest of the injured were adults.

In addition to those who were shot, one person was hit by a car, although the police did not provide any information about that incident.

No deaths have been reported, and police noted that victims were in varying degrees of condition.

A Police Observation Device (POD) camera video showed at least one car was carrying two shooters who opened fire during a vigil at an intersection, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters. The shooters fired randomly into the crowd in a drive-by shooting that lasted a total of three seconds.

“We picked up another girl, a little girl, about 13, and we brought her to that ambulance,” one eyewitness told Fox 32 Chicago. “But the ambulance driver said, ‘No, we can’t bring her in because you have people worse.’ So, we just sat her on the bumper.”

The shooting occurred two blocks south of the Eisenhower Expressway, which is considered one of the city’s most violent police betas. City data shows that since last April, two people have been killed and two others wounded in four other shootings on that block.

“If these types of incidents aren’t a wake-up call to Black folks in Chicago, I don’t know what else is,” Alderman Jason Ervin, who is the chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus, said to the Chicago Sun-Times.  “Three children shot. Several women. Not involved in any illegal activity, but just mourning and celebrating a life of a loved one.”

Brown said investigators are reviewing surveillance video and waiting for victims to finish being treated so they can interview them.

“We don’t know enough about this, whether it involved a gang conflict or some personal conflict yet,” Brown said. “And obviously we’re deploying extra police resources in the area to make sure that we can prevent any retaliation if that’s something that’s real.”

There is a reward of up to $15,000 being offered for information leading to charges or conviction.

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