CHICAGO (WLS) — As many as 14 people were shot in the city’s Garfield Park neighborhood on Halloween night, Chicago police said.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the victims range in age from 3 years old to adults in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. There are three juvenile victims: the 3-year-old, an 11-year-old and a teenager who may be 13 years old. Additionally, one person was struck by a car.
Brown said the shooting was a drive-by that was over in a matter of seconds. It happened around 9:30 p.m. and was captured on POD video, which police are reviewing.
The investigation is still in its earliest stages, but Brown said preliminary information indicates there were at least two shooters seen on the video, though that number could change. They appeared to fire indiscriminately into the crowd at California and Polk.
Brown said there were several large groups at the corner, which is a popular gathering spot in the neighborhood. Some were reportedly attending a vigil that appears, at this time, to be unrelated to the shooting.
The victims were taken to several local hospitals including Northwestern Medical Center, Loyola Medical Center and Mt. Sinai, but the largest group was taken to Stroger Hospital. Brown said their conditions range from non-life threatening injuries to critical condition.
There are not yet any reported fatalities.
There is no known motive for the shooting at this time, and Brown said there were no known conflicts at the corner Monday night. Police are waiting for victims to finish being treated so they can interview them.
There is also not yet a description of the car involved or of the offender or offenders, and no one in custody, according to Brown.
The Chicago Fire Department said it had sent at least 10 ambulances to the area of California and Polk.
An investigation by the Chicago Police Department is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Chicago police, and a reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information leading to charged and/or a conviction in this incident.
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