In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, photo, a women becomes emotional near the scene of a shooting at Cornell Square Park in Chicago’s Back of the Yard neighborhood that left multiple victims including a 3-year-old boy. Thursday night’s attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Chandler West)
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s top police official says an assault-style weapon with a high-capacity magazine was used in a late-night attack at a southwest Chicago park in which 13 people were wounded.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday that given the type of weapon used, it is “a miracle” that no one was killed in Thursday night’s attack in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
McCarhty says investigators believe several people were involved, but that it wasn’t clear yet whether more than one person opened fire. He says based on witness interviews, it appears the attack was gang-related and that several victims are gang members.
McCarthy says weapons like the one used in the attack belong on a battlefield, not on American streets, and that laws are needed to restrict such weapons.