Unidentified Gunman shoots 13 People near Chicago’s Cornell Square Park

Chicago: Thirteen people have been reportedly shot when an unidentified gunmen open fired near Cornell Square Park and Back of the Yards Area  in Chicago (United States) at around 10:15PM local time. Four of the victims are said to be in critical condition.

Reports say that a dreadlocked man in a gray sedan began firing, first on an adjoining street and then on random people in the park, witnesses said.

Police Officers said  that a total of 13 people were shot including a boy,  two teens, and 10 adults. The Boy was most seriously wounded as he suffered a gunshot wound to the head at an ear that exited through his mouth, and was in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Three of the victims, including the boy, were initially taken to local hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Fire Department’s news office. Four were in fair-to-serious condition, and four were in good-to-fair condition, according to the Fire Department.

Investigators believe that the shooting is gang related, however no arrests have been made yet.

A witness, Julian Harris, told a Chicago newspaper that men fired at him from a grey sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park and firing at people in the area.

Francis John, 70, said she was in her apartment when the shooting occurred. She said went down to see what was going on and “a lot of youngsters were running scared.” She said she was surprised by what had happened, saying she has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years.

NY Times says, the attack happened even as Chicago has been making progress in tackling the surge of violence that has afflicted the city in recent years, with killings this year dropping to their lowest levels since the 1960s.