Police: Shooting hurts at least 6, including 2 kids
While about 20 children played outside, adults at the baby shower were laughing and having a good time, playing a game in which two men in the family wore fake bellies to look pregnant.
Then gunfire ripped down the West Englewood street, wounding at least six people, including two young children, around 6:25 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Seeley Avenue, police said. An 8-year-old boy was shot in the chest and back, and a 10-year-old girl was shot in the shin. Both were stabilized at Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.
A 29-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and chest, and remained in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center at Oak Lawn. A 42-year-old man shot twice in the hip was also taken to Christ. A 23-year-old man shot in the left foot and a 28-year-old man hit in the right shoulder were both taken to Holy Cross and stabilized, police said. The 28-year-old was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.
There were about 20 children outside, and they started rushing the house, where some people ducked while others went to the door to help the children inside, said Richard Nix, whose oldest grandson was having the baby shower. The children started piling on top of one another as they were bottlenecked through the door, Nix said.
As Area South detectives began to investigate, police said they had no suspects in custody.
“The ones that were doing the shooting, none of them get shot,” Nix said. “It’s just all the innocent people.”
The baby shower was supposed to be a happy day, Nix said, “supposed to be.”
Now Sandra Wright Davis, a relative of the 8-year-old boy shot in the chest, sat in Comer’s emergency room with several other frantic family members, waiting for word from doctors.
Wright Davis learned what happened when the boy’s mother called her from the ambulance where she was with her son, crying, “My baby’s been shot!”
Wright Davis said the mother had applied chest compressions. “She held onto her baby and applied the … pressure. She did all the right things,’’ Wright Davis said.
As Wright Davis recounted the harrowing phone call, a sobbing woman walked in with at least half a dozen more relatives. She was inconsolable, holding her hands over her cheeks as tears ran down her face. “Jesus,’’ she said.
Relatives tried to comfort her, saying, “They said he was alert.”
“He’s got to be OK!’’ the woman said, hugging and holding onto relatives, then collapsing in the arms of a man who Wright Davis said was the boy’s father. He walked out of the intake area, wearing light blue hospital scrubs, tears streaming down his face too.
Head police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that the shooting took place “at a family gathering” and people on scene weren’t cooperating with detectives.
A bouquet of balloons floated outside a home on Seeley between 63rd and 64th streets. In the backyard, people started taking down yellow, teal and red balloons that had been taped along the fence.
Nicole Caliman and Tabitha Kellum, who both live in the Gresham area, stood a few yards away from the scene and took it in. Caliman said she goes to crime scenes when she can because she feels many documentaries and shows glorify violence in Chicago and she thinks it’s important to see how things really are. Sometimes, she takes video.
“There’s a lot of injustice, a lot of people don’t really understand what’s happening in Chicago or why it’s happening, so that’s kind of why I was like envisioning in my own head to do this,” she said. “It’s sad, it’s sad, you know what I’m saying? I hate having to justify everything that happens here to people.”
It can’t be justified, Kellum said. The gunmen in shootings like Saturday’s lack morals, she said.
At the yellow police tape down 64th from the two women, another woman was talking with officers on the other side about how to get her car out of the crime scene so she could go to Comer.
“Do me a favor, I want it to be as low-key as possible,” an officer told her. “We can go this way — I just want you, you gonna come with me, you gonna get your car and you gonna pull your car around. You gonna get your family out, and you can go to the hospital, OK.”
The woman followed the officer as her 15-year-old daughter waited at the edge of the tape, holding a tiny girl with flower-shaped beads clipped throughout her braided hair, standing next to Richard Nix.
The girl said she and her mother had just parked down the street and were heading into the baby shower when two groups of males started shooting at each other. The girl had noticed a teen wearing an orange do-rag sitting on one of the porches before a car drove east down 64th toward Seeley and someone inside started shooting out of the car.
The teen in the do-rag stood up, and a group across the street started shooting back, she said.