* This is just surreal…
Thirteen people were shot — including a 3-year-old boy — Thursday night at a South Side park when two gunmen opened fire on a group gathered at a basketball court in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
As bullets began to fly about 10:15 p.m., the group scattered, taking cover wherever they could at Cornell Square Park, police and witnesses said.
Julian Harris, 22, said his 3-year-old nephew, Deonta “Tay-man” Howard, was shot in the face.
Deonta was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, according to Fire Media Affairs.
Harris said dreadlocked gunmen in a gray sedan fired at him at the corner of Wood and 51st before turning north on Wood and shooting up the park. According to other witnesses, two gunman got out of the car and began shooting.
Police said the shooting was gang-related, but they could not describe how the shooting occurred.
Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church has been in close contact with Deonta’s family at Mt. Sinai Hospital and said the boy was in “serious but stable condition” Friday, describing Deonta’s operation as “plastic-surgery” type work.
Brooks said two other victims of last night’s shootings told him — contrary to early reports of two shooters — they saw only one shooter.
* ABC7 is reporting the police are questioning somebody and looking for more…
Sources say police are questioning a person of interest in the gang-related shooting.
Police sources say they are actively searching for more suspects in the shooting that occurred near Cornell Square Park, located at 51st and Wood in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, around 10 p.m. on Thursday.
* And then there’s this…
In addition to the 13 shot at Cornell Park, two men were killed and nine other people were injured in other gun violence throughout the city Thursday night.