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Man Charged After 13 Shot at Chicago Party

Victims range in age from 16 to 48
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2019 12:41 AM CST

(Newser) – One person has been charged in connection with a shooting early Sunday at a house party that left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police say. The shooting stemmed from a dispute at a memorial party, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said at a news conference. He said shots were first fired just after 12:30am. The party was being held in honor of someone who was killed in April. Chicago police announced Sunday evening that Marciano White, 37, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, the AP reports. White was arrested a short distance from where the party was being held, authorities said. The victims range in age from 16 to 48 and suffered "different and various gunshot wounds to their bodies," said Waller.

"It looked like they were just shooting randomly at people as they exited the party," said Waller. He said police recovered a revolver. Waller did not provide details on the person who was being memorialized, including that person's identity. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who visited victims on Sunday, said the party was celebrating the birthday of a person who had been killed. The shooting comes as the city has been on the verge of closing out 2019 with sizable drops in shootings and homicides for the third straight year. Through roughly mid-December, about 475 people were killed, compared with 549 in 2018, which is a 14% drop. In 2016, the number of homicides was roughly 750.

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