Toddler, 12 Others Shot in Chicago Park
3 in 'serious-to-critical' condition: report
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2013 1:49 AM CDT
Updated Sep 20, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
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.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

(Newser) – Thirteen people were shot in a park on Chicago's South Side around 10:15pm last night, including a three-year-old boy who was reportedly shot in the ear. The victims have been hospitalized, with three—the toddler among them—in "serious-to-critical" condition; the Chicago Tribune reports the boy is in the worst condition. The shootings, which occurred on a basketball court in Cornell Square Park, drew some 60 police and a series of ambulances, the Tribune reports. The victims also included a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl; the rest were adults.

Witness Julian Harris, 22, tells the Chicago Sun-Times that gunmen with dreadlocks shot at him and his 3-year-old nephew, Deonta "Tay-man" Howard, on a street corner. The attackers were in a car that then turned toward the park. "They hit the light pole next to me but I ducked down and ran into the house," Harris says. "They’ve been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night—just gang-banging stuff. It’s what they do." Authorities confirm the incident appeared to be gang-related. Tough side note: Family members tell the Tribune the 3-year-old's uncle was killed in a Labor Day shooting.

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Nov 10, 2013 9:39 AM CST
Ethnic population control
Sep 21, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
When are they gonna learn it the hard way, when this kind of news become daily occurrence? (almost there)
Sep 21, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
Did anyone else read that the way I did? Did the 22 year old witness just duck and run in the house and leave his 3 yr old nephew in the line of fire to take care of himself? Idc if my whole family is out there with me...I'm going back to save any baby....let alone my nephew.