Two people were killed and eight others were wounded in an attack at the site of a memorial for a man who was slain earlier Sunday in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports. First Deputy Police Superintendent Kevin Navarro called the attack “another brazen act of gang violence.” Navarro said the victims, a mix of men and women, were taking part in a memorial for a man who had been killed at that location earlier in the day when two people fired rifles from a nearby alleyway.
Blocks away from where police vehicles cast blue flashing lights, children ran toward an ice cream truck and jumped in a bounce house, seemingly unaware of the violence that had just taken place. Alderman Raymond Lopez, who surveyed the shooting scene, expressed his frustration with the third rifle shooting in a week and called on neighbors to be vigilant in reporting criminal activity. “The wakeup call has been here. It’s time to act. It’s time for each and every one of us to start looking at what’s going on on our block, identifying who is a gang member who’s selling drugs and who is supporting them in our communities,” Lopez said.