Updated 08/20/13 – 4:56 p.m.
(CBS) — Five people were wounded in a hail of bullets from an automatic weapon in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood Monday evening.
Police and several ambulances converged at Wilson Avenue and Sheridan Road Monday evening, following the shooting, which occurred shortly before 6 p.m. near a bus stop in front of the Uptown Baptist Church.
According to 46th Ward Alderman James Cappelman, police have three persons of interest in custody and have recovered video footage from a nearby police camera and cameras from nearby businesses. However, Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien denied that anyone was in custody, adding there is “misinformation out there.”
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy earlier said investigators believe, from shell casings found at the scene, that an assault weapon was used in the attack.
“It’s ironic how things kind of come together. You’ve heard me talk about assault weapons. It looks like there was an assault weapon used in that shooting last night,” said McCarthy.
“These are not things that belong in an urban setting. There’s no reason for them in a free society. That’s a military-grade weapon that was created to kill people during combat.
That corner is located along the “Safe Passage” route for students attending Joseph Brennemann Elementary School, which is receiving students who attended Graeme Stewart Elementary School, which was one of 49 elementary schools shut down by the Chicago Public Schools this summer. Stewart Elementary is around the corner from the shooting, on Kenmore Avenue, just south of Wilson.