Chicago police search for suspects in shooting that hurt 13
CHICAGO (REUTERS) - Chicago police are searching for suspected gang members who opened fire with an assault weapon at a park late on Thursday, wounding 13 people including a three-year-old boy, in an attack that highlighted Mayor Rahm Emanuel's struggle to stem street crime.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told a news conference that up to three gunmen used at least one assault-style weapon with a high-capacity ammunition clip to fire on a crowd in the city's Back of the Yards neighbourhood.
The shooting, on a warm night when residents were enjoying a basketball game, came 10 days after Mr Emanuel and Mr McCarthy held a press conference in a nearby neighbourhood to claim success in a strategy of flooding 20 high-crime neighbourhoods with police.
Back of the Yards was not one of the neighbourhoods which received police reinforcements under the plan, Mr McCarthy said on Friday.