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Chicago park shooting : 13 people injured, a three-year-old included

Chicago, Sep 21 (): An apparently gang-related shooting spree at a neighbourhood basketball court on Chicago’s South Side had left 13 people wounded, including a 3-year-old child, police said on Friday.

At least two gunmen opened fire on a group of people who had gathered at the basketball court in Chicago Thursday night. At least 10 ambulances were sent to the site after 10 p.m. Thursday. About 60 police officers converged on the park and crime lab investigators gathered the scene.

Police said a 3-year-old boy and two others were in critical condition. No deaths were reported. Mayor Emanuel cancelled his two meetings in Washington on opportunities for Chicago and returned back to his city after being informed about the shooting, his press office said.

A witness, Julian Harris, told that dreadlocked men fired from a grey sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park and firing at people. He said the 3-year-old is his nephew and was wounded in the cheek.

This shooting is the latest outbreak of violence in Chicago. Three weeks ago, an outbreak of violence during the Labour Day weekend left eight people dead and 20 injured.

The city has been struggling with gun violence for years and in 2012, the city had more than 500 homicides in 2012, which is more than any other city in the nation, and about 80 more than New York, which has three times as many people.

Such repeated violence has hurt the reputation of the city and has put pressure for change on Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Police said they were questioning several people, but would not say whether any of them were suspects. But, police believe the shooting might be the continuation of an ongoing dispute between the Gangster Disciples and Black P. Stones, a law enforcement source said. It was not known if any of the victims were anticipated targets.

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