Monday 20 January 2020

13 injured in shooting at memorial party for gun victim

Chicago police guard the. Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP
Chicago police guard the. Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP

Jonathan Gray

Thirteen people have been injured, four of them critically, in a shooting at a memorial party in Chicago.

The shooting broke out after a dispute at the party at a home on the city's south side in the early hours of yesterday morning, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said.

The first shots were fired just after 12.30am.

The victims range in age between 16 and 48 and suffered "different and various gunshot wounds to their bodies", Mr Waller added.

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He said two people were being questioned, one of whom had been arrested with a weapon, while the other was wounded. Police recovered a revolver.

The party was reported locally to be in memory of a 22-year-old man fatally shot during an attempted carjacking earlier this year.


Mr Waller described three different shooting scenes.

The shooting started inside the home in the Englewood neighbourhood. Then more shots were fired at people as they spilled out of the house.

Shots were also fired at a third location nearby.

Mr Waller described the incident as an "isolated" one.

It came as Chicago was on the verge of ending 2019 with sizeable drops in shootings and homicides for the third straight year.

The declines have happened citywide, including in historically high-crime areas, although Chicago still has more violent crime than New York and Los Angeles.

Police have credited Chicago's drop in crime to the use of technology used to predict where shootings might occur, while experts also credit anti-violence programmes offering jobs and gang conflict mediation.

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