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14 Shot, Including 3 Year Old, On Halloween Night During Memorial Vigil In Chicago

Chicago, IL – Fourteen people, including three children, were shot in a drive-by shooting on Halloween Night during a memorial vigil for a neighbor who had recently died of natural causes.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the shooting began just before 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the intersection of California Avenue and Polk Street near Garfield Park, the Associated Press reported.

Superintendent Brown said the whole drive-by was captured on police surveillance video and was over in a matter of seconds, NBC News reported.

Police said a dark-colored SUV drove through the area and opened fire on the group of people gathered at the corner and then fled down California Avenue, WGN reported.

Fourteen people were shot, including a three year old, an 11 year old, and a 13 year old, NBC News reported.

“We know it’s a drive-by. We know it happens in just a few seconds,” the police superintendent told reporters at a news briefing late on Monday night. “It begins and then it’s over, about three seconds the car is pulling out after driving by and shooting randomly, really, into the crowd.”

Superintendent Brown said community members were holding a vigil and a balloon release when the drive-by happened, but investigators have not yet determined what other groups may have been in the area that is a popular gathering spot, NBC News reported.

He said authorities did not yet have a motive for the shootings but did not believe that all of the people who were shot had been intentionally targeted.

The superintendent said investigators believed there were two gunmen in the SUV but stressed that the information was still preliminary, NBC News reported.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shootings and police are still trying to identify possible suspects.

Community members were horrified that the drive-by occurred in the middle of Halloween celebrations, WGN reported.

“They’re putting on an outfit just to enjoy the evening, and then you got a clown that goes and discharges that weapon, bringing great bodily harm to these families,” community activist Andrew Holmes said.

Officials have not released any information on the individual conditions of the wounded, but Superintendent Brown said they ranged from non-life-threatening to critical, NBC News reported.

No fatalities have been reported so far, according to the superintendent.

The Chicago Fire Department confirmed that it sent at least 10 ambulances to the scene to transport 14 people suffering from gunshot wounds and one woman who was struck by a car as she fled the gunfire, the Associated Press reported.

There were also a number of mass shootings in other cities including Houston on Halloween night.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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