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(Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men who opened fire on a crowd of people gathered for a baby shower, wounding six people, including two children, may have acted in retaliation for an earlier gang conflict, police said Sunday.

Authorities have only “shards of information” about what happened at the family gathering in Chicago because witnesses are not cooperating, a police spokesman said, but investigators hope the serious nature of the children’s injuries will prompt someone to talk.

“This is a very tragic incident. You have two young children, an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, clinging to life,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

At least a dozen people were gathered outside a home decorated with balloons for the baby shower when two armed men approached on foot and began shooting about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Guglielmi said.

The gunmen fired multiple rounds and ran away down an alley, he said.

An 8-year-old boy was shot in the chest and back, and a 10-year-old girl was shot in the leg. Both children were in critical but stable condition. Their names were not released.

Also shot were four other people — three men ranging in age from 23 to 48 and a 29-year-old woman. The woman was hospitalized in critical condition, and the two younger men were in stable condition.

The condition of the oldest man was unknown, and Guglielmi said it was unclear whether the woman who was hurt may have been the person who was pregnant.

People rushed inside the house when the shooting began. Children who had been playing in the yard reportedly started piling atop one another as they tried to get through the door.

“We were trying to pick the kids up, get the kids out of the way . they were going to get crushed,” Richard Nix, whose grandson was having the shower, told The Chicago Tribune. “It wasn’t nothing but kids in front of the house, sitting on the porch. They was just playing, and the shooting went off.”

The shooting occurred in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side, and investigators had indications it was in retaliation for a previous incident, the spokesman said.

“It’s part of a larger conflict that’s going on in that area,” Guglielmi said.

Another shooting occurred Sunday morning about three blocks from the home where the gunfire erupted, he said, but it was unclear whether there was any connection.

Authorities have struggled to contain violence in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city. Police said 561 homicides were committed in the city last year, a total that exceeded the number of killings in New York and Los Angeles combined.

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10 thoughts on “4 Adults, 2 Kids Shot And Wounded At Chicago Baby Shower

  1. African American Woman on said:

    AMEN! We need to go back to the rule of you don’t embarrass your parents, EVER! I raised two sons; they are 23 and 21 and on their own. I raised them in a home where I was undoubtedly the boss. There was no cursing, name calling and especially no using the N word. I made sure they understood how much our people have suffered in this country and it is all of our duty and obligation to honor that because that sacrifice is why you have choices today. You go to jail, don’t call me. You sell drugs, you’re out of my life. You make a bunch of babies with different women, you’re not coming home and I’m not raising any more babies. Guess what? I have a college graduate and an Army man and have NONE of the issues I just listed. Parenting is the most important responsibility you’ll ever have and too many of us fail miserably.

  2. Darlene Johnson on said:

    The Black Community refuse to have this conversation, about the condition of our Communities. we have really played ourselves! So, who do we call after Tyrone,Donte,spray the whole block with bullets?

  3. Darlene Johnson on said:

    The Black Community is OK With, black ppl dying all around them this includes. Our women,children, elderly, life is extremely cheap,we will continue to deny that it’s any CRIMES!

  4. thatas the not butter.
    ᴍʏ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ᴘᴀʏᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ᴡᴀs ғᴏʀ 𝟷𝟷𝟶𝟶𝟶 ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀs… ᴀʟʟ ɪ ᴅɪᴅ ᴡᴀs sɪᴍᴘʟᴇ ᴏɴʟɪɴᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴄᴏᴍғᴏʀᴛ ᴀᴛ ʜᴏᴍᴇ ғᴏʀ 𝟹-𝟺 ʜᴏᴜʀs/ᴅᴀʏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪ ɢᴏᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜɪs ᴀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ɪ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴘᴀɪᴅ ᴍᴇ ғᴏʀ ɪᴛ 𝟿𝟻 ʙᴜᴄᴋs ᴇᴠᴇʀʏ ʜᴏᴜʀ… ᴛʀʏ ɪᴛ ʏᴏᴜʀsᴇʟғ . See More

  5. A Good Catholic Girl on said:

    “Authorities have struggled to contain violence in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city. Police said 561 homicides were committed in the city last year, a total that exceeded the number of killings in New York and Los Angeles combined.”
    WOW! Chicago Police Chief and Mayor, where is the outrage from the law enforcement community and Mayor? Too much time on JS and not enough on protecting the citizens of Chicago. OK, let’s hear about tracking the perpetrators through cameras and monitors and “good police work.” Perhaps if the Chief and Mayor and White Police Organization were less concerned about JS, just maybe, this event would not have occurred.

    • African American Woman on said:

      Hahahahhahaha! How do you protect people from themselves??? How do you stop people who are hellbent on killing each other and destroying eir communties? You sound like a baby. Put the blame where it belongs-on the people who COMMIT these horrific,EVERYDAY, genocide of OUR OWN PEOPLE and get off the victim soapbox. This outrageous crap continues on a daily basis due to the total lack of responsibility and the asinine belief that someone else is responsible for saving us from ourselves. As a people, we should be furious and fed up. BUT, hey, who cares, right? Just more black on black crimes. We are a people of too many blind fools who will stay on a downward spiral until WE CHANGE THE COURSE!

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