Up To 14 People, Including A 3-Year-Old, Wounded In Mass Shooting In East Garfield Park

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EAST GARFIELD PARK — As many as 14 people were wounded in a drive-by shooting Monday night on the West Side, with three children among the victims, police said.

The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. Monday near the intersection of California Avenue and Polk Street, not far from Stroger Hospital, Supt. David Brown said, citing preliminary information.

Someone inside a car that pulled up to the corner opened fire into a crowd of people, Brown said. One car was involved but police think there were at least two shooters, Brown said, citing preliminary information.

The youngest victims are 3 and 11 years old, Brown said. Brown gave the age for another child who was wounded as either 13 or 15. The rest of the victims are adults, Brown said.

Another person at the scene was hurt after someone hit them with a car, Brown said.

Some of the shooting was caught on nearby police observation device video, Brown said.

Conditions for the each victim were not immediately available but Brown said they range from critical condition to non-life-threatening injuries.

The victims were taken to four hospitals, the majority to Stroger Hospital, about a five-minute drive from the scene, Brown said.

It was not clear what led up to the shooting, Brown said.

“We know it was a drive-by, we know it happened in just a few seconds,” Brown said. “It begins and it was over in about three seconds, the car pulling out after driving by and shooting randomly into the crowd. We don’t have any motive, we don’t have any offender identified, we don’t have any conflicts on this corner where it happened.”

Brown said some people were gathered in the area for a vigil but added people often congregate on that corner for a variety of reasons, and it wasn’t immediately clear why the crowd was there.

Brown said police leaders would share more information Tuesday as the investigation proceeds.

Brown appealed for anyone with information to contact police. People can submit anonymous tips online.

This is a breaking story citing preliminary information from police. We will update as we learn more.

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