Posted on November 2, 2022

14 Shot and Injured in Bloody Drive-by Shooting During Balloon Release at Vigil in Chicago

Aneeta Bhole and James Gordon, Daily Mail, November 1, 2022

Three children were among 14 people shot during a bloody Halloween drive-by shooting at a vigil in Chicago.

The kids, aged three, 11 and 13, were rushed to hospital after two gunmen opened fire from a car in the city’s west side.

Eleven others, aged from their 30s to their 50s were also struck by the hail of bullets, while another was hit by the vehicle.

The victims’ conditions ranged from critical to non-life threatening following the latest horror attack to rock Chicago.

The group had been attending a vigil on the street corner around 9.30pm, with a balloon release scheduled for later in the evening, it is unknown at this time who the vigil was for.

The event was shelved when two shooters raced by and fired onto the group over the course of three seconds.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said: ‘There may have also been others gathered for other various reasons.

‘It’s a very, you know, common corner where people congregate and have different meetings and gatherings.’

Brown said the shooting was a drive-by that was over in a matter of seconds but could not determine if the incident was retaliation or gang-related.

There is no known motive for the shooting at this time, and Brown said there were no known conflicts at the corner Monday night.

Brown said preliminary information indicated there were at least two shooters seen on the video, although that number could change. The shooters appeared to fire indiscriminately into the crowd.

Detectives were on the scene on Monday night. Police are also hoping the victims will be able to provide more information, Brown said.

Ambulances transported the victims to various hospitals, including Stroger, Loyola and Mt. Sinai.

‘We picked up another girl, a little girl, about 13, and we brought her to that ambulance,’ one eyewitness told Fox 32. ‘But the ambulance driver said, ‘No, we can’t bring her in because you have people worse. So we just sat her on the bumper.’

The eyewitness explained how he found a little girl with a bullet wound under her knee and took her to a nearby hospital.

He also saw an adult man who was reportedly shot in the head.

‘He was on the ground and they were saying he was shot in the head, and he had blood everywhere,’ the man said.

An investigation by the Chicago Police Department is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Chicago police, and a reward of up to $15,000 is being offered.

Chicago recorded another bloody weekend with nearly three dozen shooting victims, including a teen found shot in the head inside a car, two women struck while standing inside a kitchen and a man shot through an eye, authorities said.

The eruption of violence occurred from 6pm on Friday to the end of Sunday.

In total, there were 32 reported shooting incidents and 35 shooting victims, which included at least four juveniles.

Police said at least five people were murdered over the weekend.

Monday night’s incident comes as the latest blow to the embattled city’s dwindling image under Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who since taking office in late 2019 has seen crime rocket to rates not seen in decades.

Last week, Lightfoot’s office came under fire from fed-up citizens after demanding she receive an annual pay rise of 5 percent, despite facing growing criticism over her handling of violent crime in the city, as well as her failure to address its historically high murder rate.

Lightfoot, currently taking home an annual salary of $209,915, made the brazen in an ordinance that would give the mayor, city clerk, and treasurer access to a pay increase each year.

If approved, the pay bump would see the city official’s salary rise to $216,210 starting May 22 of next year.

Officials from both parties have slammed recent ‘lawlessness’ seen in the city under Lightfoot, which reached levels not seen in decades during the pandemic and has since failed to return to pre-pandemic levels.

The progressive notoriously slashed a whopping $59 million from the Chicago Police Department budget in 2020 during the Defund the Police protests – but performed an abrupt about-face on that policy in August of 2021, amid increasing crime and mass walkouts by the city’s peace officers.

Compounding the unrest were riots by Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police supporters – both movements that Lightfoot had touted during her campaign run.

At the time, the city recorded its deadliest year in decades, with 2021 seeing 797 murders – the most recorded since the mid-1990s. Crime, particularly shootings.

The city of Chicago’s police department, meanwhile, has also been increasingly at odds with Lightfoot, whose championing of progressive policies have also put her in the crosshairs of conservative critics across the country.

A 700-page Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today law, championed by Lightfoot in January instituted a host of criminal justice reforms in Illinois, including an end to cash bail in January.

Lightfoot has also since denounced the ‘defund the police’ movement, unveiling a new plan to – ironically – ‘refund the police.’

It came as part of a plan that saw $16.7 billion of spending, provided by the federal government, funneled into the embattled police department, lifting its annual budget to $1.9 billion from $1.7 billion.

The plan heavily relied on money from Washington to dig the city out of a deficit that reached new heights under Lightfoot, and outlined prospective funding for new community programs the mayor asserted will help the troubled city pull through the ongoing pandemic while addressing prevailing issues of gun violence and crime.

Roughly a year later, violent crimes are still up across the board in Chicago, especially when compared to prior to the pandemic – around the time Lightfoot was sworn into office in May 2019.

According to the latest statistics from the Chicago Police Department, crimes are still on the rise after a surge of incidents in both 2021 and 2020.

Murders are up a whopping 32 percent since 2019, with 564 slayings recorded since the start of the year – compared to the 428 seen in that span in 2019.

They have fallen slightly since 2020, however, during the peak of the pandemic, when officials recorded a record 644 murders, a marker that was subsequently surpassed in 2021 when there were 676 slayings.

The number was the most seen since the mid-1990s.

Since then, murders have trickled down slightly by 17 percent, but theft, robbery, and overall crimes are all well up from last year – which came as one of the worst crime-wise in the city’s entire history.

The sickening attack marked a night of bloodshed across the US as families celebrated Halloween.

In Kansas, one person and as many as six others were injured in a Halloween party shooting with close to 100 high school students in attendance.

Police said that the ‘disturbing and unacceptable’ incident took place when a group of uninvited guests were asked to leave and one person opened fire.

Police made no arrests on the night but voiced their frustration at a news conference.

‘This stuff in the community has to stop. There are far too many guns out here,’ said Kansas City Police Chief Karl Oakman.

‘This was a party with high school-aged students. Everyone has guns now. We need to be smarter than this.’

Earlier Halloween day, a heavy police presence swarmed the area of Government Plaza in Mobile, Alabama during a five-hour armed standoff, ending at about three o’clock that afternoon.

A man who police said threatened to shoot himself and fired shots at officers was loaded onto a stretcher and put into an ambulance Mobile Police Department Chief Paul Prine saying the man had shot himself.

The man was taken to University Hospital but his condition remains unclear.

Meanwhile, in Omaha a Halloween celebration turned frantic after a man drove through a barricaded area and was shot by police Monday night.

The shooting occurred during the popular annual ‘Halloween on the Boulevard’ block party in the Minne Lusa neighborhood in Omaha – which organizer’s estimated would see some 3,000 children to attend according to the events Facebook page.

Children and adults had been out in the neighborhood trick-or-treating when a car drove recklessly through a blocked-off area shortly after 7 pm.

The man was shot by police and critically wounded – his name is yet to be released.

Police said no one else was seriously hurt.

And in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Migos rapper Takeoff was shot dead ‘over a game of dice’ in front of his uncle and bandmate Quavo outside of a bowling alley in Texas.

The 28-year-old, who is a member of the hip hop trio, was shot at a ‘private party’ as a group gathered outside of the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at 2.30am.

Houston Police confirmed that one person was found dead at the scene at 1200 Polk, but would not confirm the identity of the deceased.

Officers confirmed that there were 40 to 50 people at the location, when they discovered a man with a gunshot wound to the head or neck.

Images from the scene reportedly show the rapper lying dead in a puddle of blood after being ‘shot in the head’ during the row.

Two other victims were also rushed to hospital in a private vehicle, and it is unclear what their conditions are.