Update 2: The shot count of victims is back up to 14, as a woman self-transported to the hospital.
Update: The number of victims is now 13 shot, with the 14th victim being a woman who was struck by a car while attempting to flee the scene of the shooting. We've also added the list of victims below.
GARFIELD PARK, Chicago - At least two people in a car opened fire on a balloon release vigil in the Garfield Park neighborhood Monday night, leaving 14 people shot and victims as young as 3-years-old, authorities said.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Monday's Halloween Night at the intersection of S. California and W. Polk Avenues in the Garfield Park neighborhood on the city's west side.
Police described a balloon release and vigil with a variety of attendees was taking place on a corner at the above intersection when a dark SUV approached and at least two people in that car opened fire on the gathered group. There were at least 14 people struck by the gunfire at the time of this writing, presumably from an automatic weapon or a firearm equipped with a "switch" that makes a semiautomatic weapon fire like an automatic weapon as the shooting was described as being over in approximately 0:03 seconds.
Initial information included victims as young as 3-years-old, 11-years-old, and 13-years-old, with the remainder of the victims believed to be adults. Police also noted that one person was struck by a car, though it's unclear that victim's position in relation to the shooting.
Updated full victim list:
- 3-year-old male. Serious condition at Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to both legs.
- 11-year-old female. Serious condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the leg.
- 13-year-old male. Serious condition at Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso.
- 56-year-old female. Serious condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the torso.
- 31-year-old male. Good condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the leg.
- 37-year-old male. Critical condition at Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso.
- 51-year-old male. Serious condition at Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso.
- 35-year-old female. Good condition at Northwestern Memorial with a gunshot wound to the leg.
- 48-year-old female. Good condition at Northwestern Memorial with a gunshot wound to the leg.
- 48-year-old male. Critical condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the head.
- 47-year-old female. Good condition at Loyola with a gunshot wound to the leg.
- 40-year-old female. Good condition at Loyola with a gunshot wound to the leg.
- 32-year-old female. Good condition after self-transporting to Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the leg.
- Unknown age female. Unknown condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the torso.
- Adult female victim attempting to flee from the scene struck by a vehicle as she was crossing traffic. Fair condition at Stroger Hospital with injuries and scrapes to the body.
At least some of the shooting was reportedly captured on a Police Observation Device (POD) camera and, while the investigation is in its early stages, Supt. David Brown indicated police did have some information to go on based on the footage captured by the POD camera.
The Garfield Park neighborhood has been 2022 Chicago's most violent neighborhood with at least 250 people shot so far this year, 40 of whom have been killed. Both of those numbers will climb as they were tracked by HeyJackass.com before tonight's shooting. While the numbers are difficult to define - as many have their own subjective definition of what constitutes a mass shooting - the generally accepted number for a mass shooting is 4 or more victims injured in a single incident. Taking that generally accepted definition as the standard, the city of Chicago also leads the nation in mass shooting incidents for the 2022 calendar year.
There is no one in custody. Area Four detectives continue to investigate. You can view the Chicago Police press conference in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting below:
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