Bishop T.T. Turner of Mount Sinai Baptist Church, left, and 26-year-old Cleo Miller plays basketball in Cornell Square Park Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Chicago. The park was the scene of a late-night attack Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in which 13 people were wounded, including a 3-year-old, by a gunman that used an assault-style weapon to spray the crowd with bullets, making it “a miracle” no one was killed, the city’s police superintendent said Friday. The attack happened shortly after 10 p.m. while the Cornell Square Park was still crowded with people watching a basketball game and enjoying a warm late summer night. The pair said they were in the park to demonstrate that it is safe. “Those that did this will be caught,” Turner said. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
CHICAGO (AP) — A shooting that injured a 3-year-old boy and 12 others in Chicago occurred just outside a section of the city that police have flooded with officers, reigniting outrage over the toll of the community’s gun violence and the inability of stepped-up police action to stop it.
Residents had gathered in a neighborhood park Thursday to watch a late-night basketball game when assailants armed with an assault rifle indiscriminately sprayed the crowd with bullets.
On Friday, residents decried the perpetrators’ disregard for those caught in the crossfire, the invasion of drugs into their communities and a lack of local leaders to stand up for them. A prominent rap artist, meanwhile, said more must be done to understand the city’s youth, and a Login to read more