Two People Dead, Seven Others Wounded After Fight Between Teens Triggers Mass Shooting in Chicago

Police at the scene where a gunman opened fire on the 800 block of North State Street in Chicago’s 18th District. (AP)

A brawl between teens set off a mass shooting in Chicago that left two people dead and seven others wounded, police said.

The shooting erupted at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday just blocks away from the Magnificent Mile and Loyola University’s Water Tower campus. One person was in custody, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters at a press conference.

A “personal conflict” sparked the shooting, according to Brown, who declined to provide the suspect’s name or age before charges were filed.

The lone gunman shot nine people in all, two fatally. He was arrested while he tried to flee the scene in the 800 block of North State Street into a nearby Red Line subway station, Brown said. A gun was also recovered.

It’s unclear what the fight was about, but Brown said it was another incident amid Chicago’s “gun crime crisis” and more senseless violence.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Nika Shakhnazarova and Joshua Rhett Miller