A Chicago park shooting has left 12 of the 13 victims still hospitalized, including at least five that are listed in serious to critical conditions. Although no fatalities have been reported, one of those shot included a 3-year-old boy, reports the Chicago Tribune on Sept. 20.
The shooting occurred Thursday night at around 10:15 p.m. at Cornell Square Park, located in the 1800 block of West 51st Street in Chicago. Witnesses say a gray sedan pulled up and two people began randomly firing at bystanders who were watching a pick-up basketball game.
Semehca Nunn, whose 3-year-old grandson Deonta' Howard was hit with a bullet that went through the boy’s cheek and out his mouth, said the violence in the city needs to stop.
“They need to stop, they need to stop,” Nunn said, sobbing.
Howard’s family said he is expected to recover but will require plastic surgery. Among others hit in the arms and legs were a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.
A neighbor who heard the gunfire said as many as 20 shots were taken. “I was across the park and I heard the shots and I came over and there was a lot of people down. It happened so fast. They were just playing ball, like they do everyday,” the man said.
Over 60 Chicago police responded, and multiple ambulances were brought in to take away the wounded. Crime scene investigators cordoned off the entire park, and are considering this a gang-related crime.
Julian Harris, who was at the park, described being shot at.
“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.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Nunn, who has seen her fair share of violence, berated the police who responded to the shooting.
“You cops can’t solve sh*t,” Nunn was reported as saying.