Chicago Busts 2 in 13-Person Park Shooting
But shooter still believed to be at large
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2013 1:58 AM CDT
Officials convene at the scene of last week's shooting at Cornell Square Park in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.   (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Chandler West)

(Newser) – Chicago police have made a breakthrough in the mass shooting last week that left 13 people injured—and led to talk of the National Guard being brought in to assist city cops. Two men in their early 20s have been arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, reports the Chicago Tribune. But neither man is believed to be the shooter; police believe the pair helped transport the military-grade weapon that was fired into a crowd gathered to watch a basketball game in a park.

"These charges are just the beginning," a police spokesman says. One of the suspects, 21-year-old Bryon Champ, is a known gang member who was sentenced to boot camp last year for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, Reuters reports. The youngest victim of the shooting, 3-year-old Deonta Howard, is making a fast recovery and is expected to be out of the hospital within a few days despite having been shot in the cheek, his mother says. "He just keep saying, 'Ma, they shot me, they shot me with a gun. You heard me, mama?'" she says. "And I say, 'Yeah, I heard you.' But I just say, 'You OK. You a big boy. You a soldier.'"

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Sep 24, 2013 9:33 PM CDT
Its about the economics as one gang banger told us a few months ago. He said he has babies to feed and the white man won't give him a job? So he has to sling rocks. Many of his clientele come from the western burbs of Chicago. Many come from way out south near Joliet. Problem is many of these gang bangers have no clue about life, they let the streets raise them like wolves. The more young boys join gangs the few dollars left to be made.We have gangs fighting with their own member while the public sees only race. I see the same problem happening to us like it did in Mexico.
Sep 24, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
As a matter of fact more crimes are reported n Black neighborhoods than any other, so much for the silly "Don't snitch " rule a few of you believe exist. Just because a few of you hear it on TV or some stupid rap video, you honestly believe that when a child is killed in the black community, no one talks? are you seriously that stupid?............I know you gonna say, "More Crimes Happen in black Neighborhoods"....
Sep 24, 2013 9:13 PM CDT
When you choose to ignore a problem it somehow gets worse. The mayor of Chicago closed 54 schools, and is now taking about raising money to build new ones? When you have un-employment rate at 47% in Englewood, or the Latino school dropout rate is 39%, with a reduction in library hours, no computers in 36% of the houses, and a single parent raising children, just what can you expect? NO ONE is excusing gangs from bringing hell down on any neighborhood, but these fool only see money as the motivation. They only see a promise made to them by older people who live miles/cities away, that the drug trade is the best option at this moment. Its a shame because so many who have so much to give will go down with so little time lived.