September 24, 2013

Four men charged in Chicago shooting that injured 13

The suspects are charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in the attack in a park on the city's southwest side.

By Herbert G. McCann / The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Two suspected gunmen and two others have been charged in a shooting that injured 13 people including a 3-year-old boy in a crowded Chicago park, police said Tuesday.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said all four are charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in Thursday's attack in Cornell Square Park on the southwest side.

Investigators believe Tabari Young, 22, was the principal gunman and he was charged Tuesday, McCarthy said. Bryon Champ, 21, who was charged a day earlier, was also a shooter, the police superintendent said.

A suspected lookout, Brad Jett, 22, and Kewane Gatewood, 20, have also been charged, McCarthy said.

Among those injured in the shooting were two teenagers and 3-year-old Deonta Howard, who is recovering from surgery after being shot near his ear.

Authorities describe Champ as a documented gang member. He was convicted in July 2012 on charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and sentenced to Cook County Jail's boot camp.

Police had recorded 306 murders and 1,402 shooting incidents this year in Chicago as of Sept. 15, down 20 and 22 percent, respectively, from the same period in 2012. Police say overall violent crime is down about 15 percent, according to new figures released Monday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is praising Chicago police for "moving quickly" to arrest the four.

In a statement, Emanuel said good police work is only one way to keep streets safe.

He's also calling for more gun control and strict punishments. Emanuel says there should be a three-year minimum penalty for illegally carrying a gun and one of those charged should have been behind bars at the time of the shooting.

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