Toddler, 12 Others Shot in Chicago Park

3 in 'serious-to-critical' condition: report

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 20, 2013 1:49 AM CDT | Updated Sep 20, 2013 7:57 AM CDT

(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.

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.
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)
The crime 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.
The crime 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)
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.
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)
A Chicago Police detective collects crime scene tape from the scene where a number of people were shot, including a 3-year-old child, in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.
A Chicago Police detective collects crime scene tape from the scene where a number of people were shot, including a 3-year-old child, in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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