It was a slow weekend in Chicago, only 56 people shot with 3 killed.
This was a peace event. Somehow it went haywire': 3 shot, 1 beaten near Seward Park on Near North Side
Three men were shot and a fourth was beaten up during what witnesses said was a peace picnic at the Near North Side’s Seward Park on Saturday evening.
The triple shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m. in the 300 block of West Division Street during what a witness described as a back-to-school “peace picnic.’’
One to three gunmen between the ages of 15 to 20 opened fire at a group as they stood outside, hitting three men – 28, 43 and 54, police said.
The 28-year-old, shot in the back, was listed in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital while the other two, shot in the legs and arms, were also taken to Northwestern, where their conditions had stabilized, according to police.
A fourth adult victim who was beaten up was taken in fair condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Frank Velez.
“This was a peace event. Somehow it went haywire,’’ said Maurice Edwards, 50, who had been at the picnic all day. “A personal fight led to gunfire,’’ said Edwards, of 100 Men Standing, a violence prevention group.
A “person of interest” has been arrested following the attack, said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who advised people to avoid the area.
Officials earlier said it happened in the 300 block of West Elm Street.
An EMS Plan I was enacted, which sends at least five ambulances to the scene.
As of about 7 p.m., bloody gauze pads were scattered on a playground, but several people remained in other areas of the park, grilling, playing basketball, or walking dogs and shopping.
“They started shooting, baby,’’ said a woman, who did not want her name used. “At a picnic. With kids here!”