Chicago, IL — At least 13 people were shot in Chicago on Friday and early Saturday morning. Of the injured victims, two were in critical condition after gunfire erupted near a passing ambulance.
The shooting forced paramedics to duck and cover and call for help. Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford explained that the ambulance happened to pass through the area on Friday night when paramedics noticed people crouching.
They heard gunfire and realized they were entering into crossfire. Langford explained the paramedics ducked and reached a safe place, where they called for police backup.
The shooting, which happened on Chicago’s West Side, left one person with a bullet wound to the head, while another was shot in the chest. The paramedics who saw the shooting helped, along with a second ambulance crew. The injured were taken to a local hospital.
A man with gang affiliations was also critically wounded in the Uptown neighborhood in the evening. The 29-year-old man was apparently shot several times, including in the mouth after he stepped out of his four-door Volkswagen.
Two people apparently approached him and started shooting, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. Multiple shell casings and a small pool of blood could be seen in an alley way. The man remains in critical condition.
The ages of the 13 people shot in Chicago so far this weekend ranged from 15 to 33. As of Saturday evening, no names were released to the media. It appeared that the majority of the shootings were gang-related, as several of the victims had or have gang ties. All of the known victims have been male.
The 15-year-old boy was apparently shot in the left arm while he was standing on a street corner yelling gang slogans to an SUV full of rival gang members. The rivals apparently shot him after he shouted the slogans out.
It is not clear if any arrests have been made in relation to the 13 shot in Chicago so far this weekend.
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