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. (Read more Chicago stories.)