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CHICAGO (CBS) — Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were shot at an outdoor basketball court in the Back of the Yards neighborhood overnight.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said it was “a miracle” none of the victims were killed.
CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman reports the victims were taken to six different hospitals after they were shot around 10:15 p.m. at Cornell Square Park, near 51st and Wood streets. Dozens of police officers swarmed the park after the shooting.
Three-year-old Deonta Howard Jr. was with his mother at the park when a bullet struck him in the face. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, but was expected to survive.
“He’s doing fine. He’s healthy, he’s breathing on his own. It’s nothing wrong with him. The bullet didn’t hit his brain. It just hit his cheek,” his aunt Kailynn Jordan said.
Deonta will need to have plastic surgery to repair damage from the bullet. Authorities said the bullet struck him by his ear, then went through his cheek.
Relatives said Deonta and his mother were at the park, watching a basketball game, after Deonta awoke from a nap.
“When my nephew first woke up, his momma put on his clothes, took him to the park so he could tire himself out again, and he was playing basketball on the court. We just know, all that happened … there was shooting,” Jordan said.