Shooting inside Chicago’s Washington Park during a baseball game leaves multiple people hospitalized
Shooting in Chicago’s Washington Park during a baseball game has left at least four people hospitalized, three of them in critical condition
- At least four people were injured in a shooting at a baseball game in a Chicago park on Tuesday evening
- The gunfire broke out around 8 p.m. local time
- It is not known whether the police have a suspect in custody
At least four people were shot and killed in Chicago’s Washington Park during a baseball game around 8 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
The exact number of injured has not been confirmed, but several people have been transported to the University of Chicago hospital, said Tom Ahern, spokesman for the Chicago PD. said.
It is not known whether a perpetrator has been arrested.
Three of the victims of the shooting are in serious to critical condition, while another was in fair condition, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Live footage of the scene showed police patrolling a baseball field, apparently looking for casings in the park. The video also showed the Universoul Circus tent that comes to the park every fall.
At least four people were gunned down around 8 p.m. Tuesday night in Chicago’s Washington Park during a baseball game
Live video of the scene showed a person in handcuffs
Washington Park is a 372-acre recreational area on the south side of the city between Cottage Grove Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive
Washington Park is a 372-acre recreation area on the south side of the city, between Cottage Grove Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive.
It comes amid concerns about a rise in crime in Chicago in general, with three law enforcement officers being shot dead in just one week in June.
Total crime in Chicago is up 35 percent since last year, despite shooting incidents falling 16 percent.
The same period this year saw 952 shootings, compared to 1,135 in 2021. Last year was the most violent year in the Windy City in a quarter of a century.
The number of reports of robberies, criminal assault and theft-related crimes has increased, while the number of reported murders has decreased.
State Representative Kam Buckner, who is running for the city’s next mayor, tweeted about Tuesday’s shooting, saying: “The tragic news of the mass shooting in Washington Park is horrifying. Pray for these families and our entire city. We can’t go on like this.’
While a fellow city mayor candidate, Ja’Mal Green, tweeted, “We need real leadership NOW, we can’t wait for it. This is ridiculous! My prayers for all involved.’