City leaders and community activists were among those who attended a vigil on the West Side on Wednesday in the aftermath of the Halloween night shooting that injured 14 people.
“We are here in solidarity with the community to reclaim this territory from the tragedy that occurred just two nights ago,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who arrived at the scene of Monday night’s shooting alongside Chicago police Supt. David Brown and other community leaders.
Three children, ages three, eleven, and thirteen, were also injured.
“We have solid leads and video cameras all over the neighborhood and city.” “We’re going through every camera to find this car that drove by and harmed this community,” Brown said. “You were not able to get away with this.”
The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night at the intersection of California and Polk.
According to police, the group was gathered for a vigil for a loved one who had died when two men fired shots from a passing SUV.
“The entire community has been traumatized.” This is some strange behavior around here. “This is not normal,” explained Terry Young of Black Men United.
The woman who spoke exclusively to WGN News on Tuesday night attended the prayer vigil on Wednesday. When asked to be identified only as “Miss Patterson,” she stated that ten of the fourteen shooting victims were family members.
“Our children will be traumatized for the rest of their lives,” she said. “This will be a day we never forget.”
“My cousin had to go through surgery and said, ‘I don’t want to go because I’m going to die,'” the woman continued. How do you deal with that? “How do you put a stop to it?”
A 3-year-old boy was shot in both legs as the youngest victim. A vehicle collided with a woman who was fleeing the scene. Police believe that none of them were the intended victims.
City officials expressed concern about the lack of resources in the East Garfield Park neighborhood and urged the public to assist law enforcement.
“You can flee, but you can’t hide from CPD, who will hold you accountable for this tragedy,” Brown told the offender(s).
“Someone knows who is responsible for this tragedy,” Lightfoot added. The perpetrator, a mother’s son, is now hiding in plain sight. We must take the initiative.”