Update: We've added video of the shooting above.
BRIGHTON PARK, Chicago - Another unsanctioned caravan of vehicles took over another intersection to do drifting and drag racing last night when gunfire erupted and left five people shot, three of whom have died, authorities said.
The illegal street racing events have made headlines recently as they've expanded through social media and their organizers continue to defy police and local official's requests to stop the gatherings.
Last night's incident occurred just before 4:00 a.m. on the 4300 block of S. Kedzie Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the city's southwest side. One of these street takeover events promoted on social media had been at the nearby intersection of Archer and Kedzie this weekend. Witnesses noted there were approximately 100 participants and spectators to the driving at last night's event.
Police said the victims were standing outside with the large crowd at the above location when shots were fired by an unknown offender. No guns were recovered on the scene but several shell casings were found.
The victims in the shooting are all Hispanic young men believed to have gang affiliations. Their ages and conditions are as follows:
- Male of unknown age (John Doe), self-transported to Holy Cross with gunshot wounds to his neck and chest. He was later pronounced dead.
- 20-year-old male, self-transported to Holy Cross with gunshot wounds to his chest and left thigh. He was later pronounced dead.
- 20-year-old male, was taken to Mt. Sinai with one gunshot wound to his chest and two gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was later pronounced dead.
- 21-year-old male, was taken to Mt. Sinai with one gunshot wound to his right thigh. He is listed in critical condition.
- 19-year-old male, was taken to Mt. Sinai with one gunshot wound to his abdomen. He is listed in critical condition.
There is no one in custody. Area Detectives continue to investigate.
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