A drive-by shooting on Monday night in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood left up to 14 people injured, three of them being children.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. when someone opened fire from an SUV into a crowd of onlookers who were gathered at the intersection of South California Avenue and West Polk Street.
The casualties were adults between the ages of 30 and 50, with the exception of a three-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl, and a 13-year-old boy, who were among those shot, according to officials.
Police reported that two more adults were taken to nearby hospitals in critical condition while the three youngsters were described as being in “severe condition.”
Superintendent David Brown told reporters, “We’ve reported at least up to 14 persons shot.” They’re all in a range of situations, from critical to non-life-threatening. At the site, there is also another individual who was hit by a car.
No one was in jail as of Tuesday afternoon as the shooting was still being investigated.
The mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, issued an official statement on Tuesday saying, “Last night, fear touched the lives of 14 people, including three children, in another devastating show of gun violence by cowards shooting into a crowd without hesitation.”
The gunmen were not concerned about the lives of the adults or children who were affected, but I am urging individuals of good will who may have knowledge to come forward. When such a catastrophe occurs, none of us can remain silent.
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) November 1, 2022