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14 shot, including 3 children, in Chicago drive-by shooting on Halloween, police say

No deaths had been reported, but three children were wounded.
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Fourteen people were shot in a drive-by shooting in Chicago on Monday night, police said, including a 3-year-old and two other children.

No deaths were reported, Police Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference. An additional person was struck by a vehicle while trying to escape the scene, he said.

Police initially said either 14 or 13 people had been shot before they clarified that the number of victims was 14, as a 32-year-old woman had taken herself to the hospital.

The victims were 3 to 56 years old. Two were in critical condition, and a woman of unknown age was shot in the torso, police said. Her condition was unknown.

Of the children shot, the 3-year-old boy was in serious condition with gunshot wounds to both legs, an 11-year-old girl was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to a leg, and a 13-year-old boy was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the torso and a leg, police said.

The victims have not been publicly identified.

Police said Tuesday afternoon that no one was in custody and that the shooting remains under investigation.  

The violence, at the intersection of California Avenue and Polk Street at around 9:30 p.m. in the area of Garfield Park, was partly captured on security video, police said.

“We know it’s a drive-by. We know it happens in just a few seconds,” Brown said. “It begins and then it’s over, about three seconds the car is pulling out after driving by and shooting randomly, really, into the crowd.”

Police said that, according to the preliminary investigation, a group of people were standing on the corner of the intersection attending a vigil unrelated to the shooting when “two unidentified occupants traveling in a dark SUV began shooting.”

Brown said Monday night that a motive was unknown, that no offender had been identified and that police were not aware of any conflicts on that corner. Detectives will conduct interviews.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned the violence, which she said was “another tragic display of gun violence by cowards indiscriminately shooting into a crowd.”

She called for the public to come forward with information about possible suspects. 

“The Chicago Police Department has been hard at work through the night to bring the perpetrators to justice," she said. "Chicago Police Department detectives have identifying video, are talking with victims and witnesses, and have taken other investigative measures to track down those responsible. We are also coordinating with community organizations to support the victims and their families in their time of crisis.”