14 people shot, including 3 children, in East Garfield Park. ‘It’s over by three seconds.’

Chicago police said 14 people, including three children, were shot in a drive-by shooting in East Garfield Park on the West Side Monday night.

The children are 3, 11 and 13 years old, Sgt. David Brown told reporters. All three were in serious condition. Police said the other deceased were aged between 31 and 56 years.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. in the 2700 block of West Flournoy Street as a group of people gathered for a vigil and others were leaving for a Halloween party, police said. It was not known who the search was for.

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“It’s over in three seconds,” Brown said outside Stroger Hospital, where many of the wounded were being taken. “After driving the car and firing randomly into the crowd, the car pulls away.

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“We have no motive,” he said, adding that officials believe there were two shooters.

“We’re always concerned about retaliation obviously, but we don’t know enough about this yet, whether it’s related to a gang conflict or some personal conflict, but as soon as we know we’ll share that with the public,” Brown said. “And obviously we’re deploying additional police resources in the area to make sure we can prevent any retaliation if it’s real.”

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All the injured have been taken to hospital with injuries ranging from critical to non-life threatening, police said. A 37-year-old man and a 48-year-old man are in serious condition, police said. Most of the injured were taken to Stroger Hospital.


Police are searching for evidence after a mass shooting on Halloween night in East Garfield Park on the West Side.

Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A woman was hit by a car while trying to escape the shooting, police said. She was in good condition with scratches on her body. No one was in custody.

Brown said the shooting was caught on police surveillance video, which is being reviewed by investigators. Detectives are also waiting for victims to finish treatment so they can interview them.

A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information leading to charges or a conviction. Anyone with information was asked to submit a tip to cpdtip.com.


Authorities are working at the scene of a mass shooting that injured 14 people Monday night. One person at the scene was hit by a vehicle. No one was in custody late Monday.

Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Sun-Times


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