UPDATE – Authorities are saying that it’s a miracle that no one has died in the Chicago park shooting that took place Thursday night.
According to ABC News, the weapon used in the shooting was an assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine.
“A military-grade weapon on the streets of Chicago is simply unacceptable,” said Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy during a news conference this morning.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, the shooting took place at about 10:15, Thursday evening.
The incident occurred at a basketball court near Cornell Square Park in Chicago in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood
The shooting injured a total of 13 people, one being a three-year-old boy who was shot in the face, and after having surgery, is expected to survive.
The Chicago park shooting was believed to be gang related, though no suspects are in custody at this time.
McCarthy said, “We’re not clear on the intended target at this point, but there were a number of gang members on the scene,” adding, “quite obviously, a 3-year-old is not a gang member.”
According to ABC News, McCarthy stated that there could have been as many as three actual shooters involved in the incident and authorities were “interviewing a number of people.”
According to CNN, other victims included two 15-year-olds who were listed in stable condition. The other victims were adults ages 21 to 41.
CNN continued on to say that four were in serious condition and the conditions of the others were listed as stable or good. One adult was treated at a hospital and released.
The violence “needs to stop,” said Semehca Nunn, the 3-year-old boy’s grandmother.
“Y’all out here killing these innocent people, kids, parents, grandparents, mothers, fathers; it’s got to stop. You need to stop,” she said.
As noted by The Inquisitr earlier, Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel stated “Senseless and brazen acts of violence have no place in Chicago and betray all that we stand for.”
The Chicago park shooting is still being investigated at this time, and still no suspects are in custody.
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