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8 shot, 4 fatally in a single Chicago shooting on July 4, police say

Police work the scene where eight people were shot in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Four people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy, and four others were injured, including an 11-year-old boy, in an Englewood shooting Saturday night, according to Chicago police.

Around 11:30 p.m., four men walked up to a large gathering that was taking place in the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street and fired shots, police said. They fled the scene and have not been arrested.

Two male victims died at the scene, police said. Their ages have not yet been released.

Officials called an EMS Plan 1, which sends at least five ambulances to the scene, according to Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department. The plan was secured by 1 a.m. Ambulances transported five of the victims to hospitals.

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the back and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Another man, whose age has not been released, was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the chest and back, police said. He was later pronounced dead.

An 11-year-old boy suffered graze wounds to his leg and ankle, police said. He was originally taken to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center but was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in fair condition.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in fair condition, police said.

A 29-year-old man was shot in the foot and taken to St. Bernard in fair condition, police said.

A 35-year-old man was shot in the hip, leg, arm and wrist, police said. He was taken from St. Bernard but was transferred to Stroger Hospital.

At the scene, a neighbor said people were just outside enjoying the fireworks when people came up and started shooting. Chairs were still lined up on the sidewalk and beer cans were knocked over on Carpenter Street.

Crime scene tape first surrounded a section of Carpenter Street in front of a playground and a house, where a group of people stood on the patio.

Police eventually expanded the crime scene after a crowd gathered near the tape. A woman was frantically on the phone with her teenage daughter and asked police to find her on the other side of the scene. After, an officer escorted the daughter to her. The woman leaned against a trash can, becoming emotional and saying she was so anxious to find her daughter. The teenager comforted her.

Fireworks were still going up around the neighborhood as police worked the scene.


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