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13 People Shot In Chicago; 3-Year-Old Most Seriously Wounded

The scene at a park on the south side of Chicago late Thursday after a shooting there in which 13 people were wounded.

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Aired 9/20/13

A work week that began with a mass shooting in Washington, D.C., that left 12 victims dead concludes with a mass shooting in Chicago in which 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, were wounded.

It happened Thursday at about 10:15 p.m. local time in a working class neighborhood called Back of the Yards on Chicago's southside, NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.

She adds that "one witness told the Chicago Sun-Times that men fired at him from a car before turning toward a park. That's where the victims -- several adults, two teenagers and the 3-year-old, were shot on a basketball court."

As of dawn Friday, Cheryl says, "no one had been taken into custody. Police were interviewing victims to determine the circumstances, but say the shooting appears to be gang-related."

According to the Chicago Tribune, the 3-year-old "suffered a gunshot wound to the head at an ear that exited through his mouth, and was in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. The oldest victim, according to the Tribune, was 41-years-old.

The Tribune adds this list, from the Chicago Police, with more about the victims, their injuries and their conditions:

  • "The 3-year-old boy, shot in the ear, in critical condition at Mount Sinai;
  • "A 17-year-old girl, shot in the foot, condition stabilized at Holy Cross Hospital;
  • "A 15-year-old boy shot in the arm, stabilized at Holy Cross;
  • "A man, 27, shot in the leg and wrist, serious condition at Mount Sinai;
  • "A man, 24, shot twice in the stomach, serious condition at Mount Sinia;
  • "A man, 21, shot in the leg, serious condition at Mount Sinai;
  • "A man, 41, shot in the buttocks, serious condition at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital;
  • "A woman, 33, shot in the shoulder, condition stabilized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital;
  • "A man, 31, shot in the buttocks, condition stabilized at Northwestern;
  • "A woman, 23, shot in the foot, condition stabilized at St. Anthony Hospital;
  • "A man, 37, shot in the leg, in good condition at Stroger;
  • "A man, 25, shot in the knee, in good condition at Northwestern;
  • "And a man, 33, who drove himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park with a gunshot wound to the leg and who was treated and released."
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