Thirteen people were injured Thursday in Chicago after being hit by stray bullets in a shootout, including a 3-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Police officers told the Chicago Tribune shots were fired on a basketball court in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood around 10:15 p.m. Fire department ambulances transported 10 adults and the 3-year-old – the most injured victim – to nearby hospitals. The victims' ages ranged between 3 and 33 years. Two were teenagers.
Police have not made any arrests, but believe at least two men were the source of the shooting, which appeared to be gang-related, reported the New York Times.
The shooting comes nearly three weeks after a gruesome Labor Day weekend, in which numerous violent outbursts took eight lives – including the 3-year-old victim's uncle – and wounded 25 other people. Thursday's shooting is one of many that have become indicative of the violence epidemic that has plagued Chicago in the past year.
The FBI reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, 81 more deaths than New York City – which is roughly four times Chicago's size – and more than any other city in the nation. Chicago's police department has responded by spending upwards of $57 million in overtime during the first six months of 2013, sending hundreds of police officers out on the streets of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.
The effort appears to be working so far. Chicago's murder rate has dropped 21 percent to 297 murders as of Sept. 8 from 377 the same time in 2012. Shootings are also down 22 percent in that period, dropping from 1,743 in 2012 to 1,361 in 2013.