CHICAGO (CBS) — Two boys and a man were shot and wounded Sunday in the Auburn Gresham community.
As CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reported Sunday night, the circumstances surrounding the shooting were just as tragic as the latest gun violence itself.
Police said at 4:32 p.m., the victims were in front of a residence in the 8200 block of South Ada Street when a vehicle pulled up and someone fired shots.
“Multiple male victims – 10, 11, and 27 – were in front of a residence,” said Pastor Donovan Price. “Someone pulled in a vehicle and opened fire.”
The 10-year-old boy was struck in the ankle and calf, the 11-year-old boy was struck in the arm, and the man was struck in the leg and arm, police said.
The boys were taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, while the man was taken to the U of C Medical Center. All were in good condition, police said.
Juanita Youngblood said the victims were all related – to each other and to her too.
“My nephew my great nephew and his little cousin got shot,” she said.
A family gathering was supposed to be happening Sunday in the area where the shooting took place. Pastor Price came to the scene to hold prayers with the family after the shooting.
“Bullets have no more respect or intelligence than the people who put them in the air,” Price said.
The pain of the family in prayer echoed through the area of 82nd and Ada streets, shortly after the sounds of gunfire echoed through the street.
“Five, six shots going on,” one family member said. “It’s sad.”
Youngblood and her family were already somber.
They were going to honor the life of 34-year-old Kenshaw Youngblood, who was killed two years ago, when the gunfire on Sunday afternoon threatened the gathering – as well as the lives of the man and the two boys.
“I’m tired of this here,” Youngblood said. “My father’s sitting on the porch. They could have got him.”
“I believe he’s 86 years old,” Pastor Price said of Youngblood’s father. “He was in the right place. The children are in the right place, not the people who are shooting. There’s a lot of people who in the wrong place – the wrong place at the wrong time are those with the guns.”
“You can’t sit on your front porch. You can’t do nothing,” the other family member said. “Can’t hang out, you can’t go to the park, can’t do nothing.”
“I hope they get caught; get life,” Youngblood said. “Just lock them up. Don’t let them back out.”
And the family’s prayers included not only a loved one’s memory, but holding the person or people responsible for the recent shooting of loved ones.