3 children among 14 injured in Chicago drive-by shooting on Halloween


Three children were among fourteen people shot in a drive-by shooting in Chicago on Monday night. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference that no deaths were reported in connection with the shooting, and an additional person was struck by a vehicle while attempting to escape the scene.

The victims range in age from 3 to 56, with two in critical condition and a woman of an unknown age in unknown condition suffering a gunshot wound to the torso, police said. Of the children shot, one 3-year-old boy is in serious condition suffering a gunshot wound to both legs, an 11-year-old girl is in serious condition suffering a gunshot wound to the leg, and a 13-year-old boy is in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the torso and leg, according to police. The victims have not been identified.

Police said Tuesday afternoon that the shooter remains at large, and the incident is under investigation. The shooting occurred at the intersection of California Avenue and Polk Street at around 9:30 p.m. in the area of Garfield Park, and was partially captured on surveillance video. Brown said: “We know it’s a drive-by. We know it happens in just a few seconds. It begins and then it’s over, about three seconds the car is pulling out after driving by and shooting randomly, really, into the crowd.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned the violence in a statement, and called for the public to come forward with information on potential suspects. Said Lightfoot:  “The Chicago Police Department has been hard at work through the night to bring the perpetrators to justice. Chicago Police Department detectives have identifying video, are talking with victims and witnesses, and have taken other investigative measures to track down those responsible. We are also coordinating with community organizations to support the victims and their families in their time of crisis.”

Editorial credit: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com