CHICAGO - Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were shot on the city's south side.
It happened in the 1800block of W. 51st Street. Police are questioning several people in what appears to be a gang-related shooting.
"It's a miracle that in this instance there have been no fatalities based upon the lethality of the weaponry used at this scene," Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.
The shooting occurred near Cornell Square Park around 10 p.m. on Thursday. McCarthy says police believe the weapon used in this incident was an assault-style rifle with a high-capacity magazine weapon. McCarthy is calling for a federal ban assault weapons ban.
"Illegal guns, illegal guns, illegal guns drive violence. Military-type weapons, like the one we believe to have been used in the shooting, belong
in a battlefield, not in a street or in a corner, or in a park in the Back of the Yards," Supt. McCarthy said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement, "Senseless and brazen acts of violence have no place in Chicago and betray all that we stand for. The perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I encourage everyone in the community to step forward with any information and everyone in Chicago to continue their individual efforts to build stronger communities where violence has no place."