Authorities say two children were among six people who were wounded when two men opened fire on a baby shower outside of a home on the South Side of Chicago.
About 20 children were playing outside Saturday evening in the West Englewood neighborhood when the gunmen opened fire, sending the children running for cover.
An 8-year-old boy was shot in the chest and back, and a 10-year-old girl was shot in the shin. Police said both are in stable condition.
Three men ranging in age from 23 to 48 years old and a 29-year-old woman were also wounded. The woman is in critical condition and the two younger men are in stable condition. The condition of the oldest man is unknown.
Police said the attackers fled on foot and that the attack may have been in retaliation for an earlier incident that stemmed from an ongoing gang conflict.
Richard Nix, whose oldest grandson was having the baby shower, told the Chicago Tribune that the children rushed inside and started piling on top of one another.
“We were trying to pick the kids up, get the kids out of the way … they were going to get crushed,” Nix told the paper. “It wasn’t nothing but kids in front of the house, sitting on the porch. They was just playing, and the shooting went off.”
The paper reported that as of Sunday afternoon, police said they had no suspects in custody.
“The ones that were doing the shooting, none of them get shot,” Nix said. “It’s just all the innocent people.”
SOURCE: Associated Press / Insider – Ellen Cranley