Fourteen people were shot, including three children, in a drive-by shooting in East Garfield Park on the West Side Monday night, Chicago police said.
The children are 3, 11 and 13 years old, Police Supt. David Brown told reporters. All three were in serious condition. The other victims ranged in age from 31 to 56, police said.
The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. as some people gathered in the 2700 block of West Flournoy Street for a vigil and others were out for Halloween, police said. It was not known who the vigil was for.
“It’s over by three seconds,” Brown said outside Stroger Hospital, where many of the wounded were taken. “The car’s pulling out after driving by and shooting randomly into the crowd.
“We do not have any motive,” he said, adding that officers believe there were two shooters.
“We always worry about retaliation obviously, but we don’t know enough about this, whether it involved a gang conflict or some personal conflict yet, but as soon as we know we’ll share that with the public,” Brown said. “And obviously we’re deploying extra police resources in the area to make sure that we can prevent any retaliation if that’s something that’s real.”
All the victims were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from critical condition to not life-threatening, police said. A 37-year-old man and 48-year-old man were in critical condition, police said. The largest number of wounded were taken to Stroger Hospital.
A woman was struck by a car while trying to escape the shooting, police said. She was in fair condition with scrapes on her body. No one was in custody.
Brown said the shooting was captured on police surveillance video, which investigators are reviewing. Detectives are also waiting for victims to finish being treated so they can interview them.
A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information leading to charges or conviction. Anyone with information was asked to submit a tip to cpdtip.com.