At least 14 people, including three children — one of whom was just 3 years old — were wounded in a mass shooting during a vigil in Garfield Park on Halloween night, Chicago police said.
The victims were hospitalized in various states, with some in critical condition and others who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Police Superintendent David Brown said late Monday night.
“We know it’s a drive-by, we know it happened in just a few seconds,” Brown said. “It began and was over in about three seconds, the car’s pulling out after driving by and shooting, randomly really, into the crowd.”
Police said victims had been gathered for a vigil at South California Avenue and West Polk Street at around 9:30 p.m. when two unidentified occupants traveling in a dark SUV began shooting.
Brown said it’s possible some of the victims were at that location for other reasons, but police did not have any motive or suspects in custody as of late Monday.
According to preliminary information, the 3-year-old boy was listed in serious condition at Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to both legs. Two other juveniles, ages 11 and 13, were also hospitalized in serious condition.
The remaining victims were all adults and ranged in age from 31 to 57 years old. In total, eight women and six men were shot. Six victims were listed in good condition, five were in serious condition and two were critical. One victim’s condition was not immediately known.
Another person was struck by a vehicle as she attempted to flee the shooting scene, police said. She was transported to Stroger Hospital in fair condition with various scrapes to the body.
Brown said police have recovered some surveillance footage of the shooting.
This is a developing story. Check back for details.