Folks, you know it’s got to be really bad when you have the likes of msDNC reporting what happened in Chicago-land last night. Just another gang-related, mass shooting, this time what took place was during a basketball game attended by many. And many were shot down, including a three year old boy. Last report that was broadcast had three victims in critical condition.
A week that began with 13 people being killed in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has ended with 13 people wounded in a mass shooting at Chicago’s Cornell Square Park Thursday night, among them a three year-old boy named Deonta’ Howard. The child, shot in the head, was the most seriously wounded in a shooting that police are saying was gang-related. In a chilling illustration of the gun violence in the city, Deonta’s uncle was reportedly among those killed in a string of Labor Day Weekend shootings just two weeks ago.
From The Chicago Tribune‘s Peter Nickeas and Jeremy Gorner:
Police said later a total of 13 people were shot, the boy, two teens, and 10 adults, with the boy the most seriously wounded. The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the head at an ear that exited through his mouth, and was in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
The attack took place about 10:15 p.m. and fire officials called an Emergency Medical Services Plan II, sending at least 10 ambulances to the scene.
Chicago police were making no information about what happened public, except to say that the shooting appeared to be gang-related. The shootings took place on a basketball court on the 51st Street side of Cornell Square Park near Wood Street.
…Family members identified the boy as Deonta’ Howard, whose uncle was shot to death on Labor Day, Sept. 2.
Deonta’–pronounced Deontay–nicknamed Tay Man, has a dislike for haircuts, one cousin said.
“He didn’t like haircuts because he has a big head,” said Porsche Chester, a cousin of the boy’s. “But he is extremely smart. He didn’t have that (head) for nothing.”
There were 19 people wounded in a Mother’s Day mass shooting in New Orleans this past May, but neither that mass shooting or the one in Chicago last night have received, or will receive, the sort of wall-to-wall coverage that events like the Navy Yard shooting or the Boston Marathon bombing do.
CNN reports that aside from the 3 year-old, the victims included two 15-year-oldsand that the rest were adults ages 21 to 41.
Here’s CNN’s report on the shooting:
Here’s a bit more information, albeit some of this is repetitious:
Semecha Nunn tried hard to talk about her 3-year-old grandson, one of 13 people shot as neighbors played basketball in Cornell Square Park in the Back of the Yards Thursday night.
“They need to stop, they need to stop,” Nunn said, the last word coming out as almost a shriek as she closed her eyes and collapsed crying.
The victims ranged from 3 to 41 and included a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.
Three of them, including the boy, were in serious to critical condition.
Witnesses told police a gray sedan pulled up to the park around 10:15 p.m. and two men started firing in the 1800 block of West 51st Street. “I think it was like an AK,” said one neighbor. “Man, it was a lot of shots. Man, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.
A little boy got hit in the face.” Another neighbor said he was across the park from the basketball court when he heard as many as 20 shots. “I was across the park and I heard the shots and I came over and there was a lot of people down. It happened so fast. They were just playing ball, like they do everyday.”
The first paramedics found more than a dozen people lying across the rust-colored court. One person lay near a bicycle that was on its side. A pair of white gym shoes was left near an out-of-bounds line.
How long do you think it will take before the loud-mouth, gun control nuts start screeching about this one…hmmm?
Throw in your two-cents…Fire Away – Inquiring Minds Want to Know!