15 Shot at Chicago Party

2 die, 7 are hospitalized as police look for a motive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2021 11:45 AM CDT
Updated Mar 14, 2021 11:55 AM CDT
15 Shot at Chicago Party
Police investigate at the site of shootings early Sunday in the Park Manor neighborhood in Chicago.   (Chicago Fire Department/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Gunfire erupted at a party on Chicago's South Side early Sunday, killing two people and wounding 13 others, authorities said. Officers responded around 4:40am, police spokesman Jose Jara said in a statement. Those shot were ages 20 to 44. Seven of the wounded were taken to hospitals in serious to critical condition, fire department spokesman Larry Merritt said. Speaking to reporters near the scene of the shooting in Chicago's Park Manor neighborhood, Police Superintendent David Brown said investigators were still seeking a possible motive, the AP reports.

Brown said four guns were recovered at the scene, but he didn't say whether investigators believe more than one person fired shots. No arrests had been made. "We have a lot of work to do," Brown said. "Detectives are really just getting started." A bar had been set up in a garage attached to the business for what Brown described as a "pop-up party." Red and black balloons, as well as a shoe, were on the ground outside the business shortly after the shooting. "We don’t know what the celebration associated with this party was at this point. We're still trying to follow up on leads on what that motive might be," Brown said.

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