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13 Shot at Chicago Basketball Park

September 20, 2013

United Press International

Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were shot in a park in Chicago's South Side in what appeared to be a gang-related shooting, police said.

Authorities said two gunman opened fire late Thursday on a group gathered at a basketball court in Cornell Square Park in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Police said the boy was in critical condition Friday from a wound caused by a bullet entering his head at an ear and exiting through his mouth, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Police said the incident appeared to be gang-related but could not describe how the shooting occurred.

"They hit the light pole next to me but I ducked down and ran into the house," said Julian Harris, 22, uncle of the 3-year-old who was shot. "They've been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night -- just gang-banging stuff. It's what they do."

Harris said gunmen in a gray sedan fired at him on a corner before heading to the park, the Sun-Times said. Other witnesses said two gunman exited the car and began shooting.

Initial reports indicated 12 people were shot. Police later said 13 people were injured: the 3-year-old boy, two teens and 10 adults, the Tribune reported. The boy was the most seriously wounded.

At one point, about 60 police officers were at the scene, the Tribune said. At least 10 ambulances responded.

Original headline: 3-year-old among 13 shot at Chicago park basketball court



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