Monday, December 23, 2019

Mayor Lori Lightfoot: Shooting that injured 13 at memorial party in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood 'an act of cowardice’

From Chicago Tribune:

DEC 22, 2019  8:20 PM

Police tape lines the scene where 13 people were shot in the 5700 block of South May Street in the early hours of Dec. 22, 2019, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago police are questioning a person of interest after 13 people were wounded, four of them critically, during a shooting inside a memorial gathering early Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.
More people were wounded in the shooting than at any other in the city since at least 2013, when 13 people were shot in Back of the Yards, according to data gathered by the Tribune.

The violence began about 12:40 a.m. at a house party in the 5700 block of South May Street commemorating the birthday of a man who died in a previous shooting. Someone at the party opened fire, sending 13 people to area hospitals, according to Chicago police.

The injured ranged in age from 16 to 48, and a 16-year-old boy was one of those in critical condition, though it was later improved to “serious,” said Fred Waller, who heads the patrol division for Chicago police.

Two people remained in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon, according to Officer Michelle Tannehill, a police spokeswoman: a 40-year-old man who’d been shot in the chest and was being treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a 21-year old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the back, who was at St. Bernard Hospital.

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