A shooting at Cornell Square Park in South Side Chicago has left 13 people injured, including a 3-year-old boy.
The mass shooting occurred Thursday night, and three of the 13 people, including the young boy, are said to be in serious or critical condition. The child suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and doctors are trying desperately to keep the boy alive.
The attack happened around 10:15pm Thursday night, and the victims were immediately rushed to the hospital. They all include the 3-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy, 8 men ages 27, 24, 21, 41, 31, 37, 25 and 33, and 2 women ages 23 and 33.
A witness, identified as 22-year-old Julian Harris, said that the gunmen started shooting at him and the 3-year-old boy, who is Harris’s nephew. The boy, Deonta’ Howard, known as “Tay Man,” was shot in the ear, and the bullet came out through his mouth. The gunmen reportedly were in a car when the shooting occurred.
“They hit the light pole next to me but I ducked down and ran into the house," says Harris. "They’ve been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night—just gang-banging stuff. It’s what they do."
Family of Deonta’, the 3-year-old boy, say that they “didn’t hear no sounds” when responders were putting him into the ambulance on a stretcher. The boy’s cousin, Porsche Chester, says that the toddler is very bright.
"He didn't like haircuts because he has a big head," said Chester. "But he is extremely smart. He didn't have that (head) for nothing."
Authorities are still investigating the shooting, but they believe that it is a gang-related incident. As of Friday morning, no suspects were in custody.