13 People, Including 3-Year-Old Boy, Shot at Chicago Park Basketball Game


A three-year old boy was one of 13 people shot as neighbors played basketball in a Chicago park last night, the Chicago Tribune reports. “They need to stop, they need to stop,” shreiked the boy’s grandmother, Semecha Nunn. Witnesses told police a gray sedan pulled up to the park around 10:15 p.m. and two men started firing. Said one neighbor: “Man, it was a lot of shots. Man, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. A little boy got hit in the face.”

The first paramedics found more than a dozen people lying across the rust-colored court. Ambulances continued to arrive a half hour after the shootings as wounded people were brought out of the park on stretchers. About 60 police officers converged on the park and crime lab investigators combed the scene. The wounded boy, identified by family as Deonta Howard, was shot near the ear, and was in critical condition.

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