CHICAGO — In a drive-by shooting on Chicago’s West Side on Halloween night, at least 14 people were injured, including three children, according to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown. Depending on the victim, the victim’s condition can be life-threatening or not. As of the right moment, nobody has died that we know of.
Brown revealed this in a press conference on Monday night, saying that the youngest victim is three years old. Two other children, aged 11 and 13, were shot and injured. Brown said that the remaining victims are all adults. One other individual was reportedly hit by a vehicle.
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The patients were taken by ambulance to Stroger, Loyola, Northwestern, and Mt. Sinai hospitals. According to Brown, the incident lasted less than three seconds and was captured on pod surveillance in the neighborhood.
Brown said that people were gathering around the corner of South California Avenue and West Polk Street, possibly for a vigil balloon release, when a car pulled up and someone inside opened fire. Further facts are sketchy at this time. Based on our early assessment, we believe there were two shooters inside the car.
It’s unclear why. Whether or not this was a gang-related or retaliatory incident was not clear, according to the police. Community organizer Andrew Holmes said of the youngsters who were shot, “They’re simply young.” They’re dressing up for fun, and then a clown pulls out a gun and causes serious injury to an entire family while they’re out in costume.
While victims are recovering from their injuries, Holmes and other community groups have promised to provide trauma counseling to the families of those affected. Police are still searching the area and encourage anyone with information to contact the anonymous tip line at 311 or submit a tip anonymously at cpdtip.com. According to the police, anyone who provides information that leads to the identification and capture of the perpetrator could receive a reward of up to $15,000.