CHICAGO, IL – Gunfire erupted on Halloween night on Chicago’s West Side. In the aftermath, 13 people were shot, including a three-year-old child. A drive-by shooter filed dozens of shots into a crowd hosting a vigil for a neighborhood resident who recently passed away.
One person was injured when she was struck by a vehicle in the panic after the shooting.
At around 9:30 pm, a dark-colored SUV drove by the intersection of California Avenue and Polk Street. Multiple shots were fired from the vehicle before it sped away.
Among the injured were a 3-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy.
Several victims were listed in critical condition. The Chicago Police Department does not suspect the vigil was the target of the shooting, but a group of individuals standing on a corner near the vigil may have been the intended targets.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the corner is a popular hangout spot.
“There may have also been others gathered for other various reasons,” Brown said. “It’s a very, you know, common corner where people congregate and have different meetings and gatherings.”