13 people shot in 'chaotic scene' at Chicago house party, 2 suspects in custody

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13 people shot in \'chaotic scene\' at Chicago house party, 2 suspects in custody  

CHICAGO - At least two gunmen opened fire early Sunday at a house party in Chicago, wounding 13 people and sparking bedlam as partygoers fleeing for safety encountered more shooting on the street outside, police said.

Patrol Chief Fred Waller said two people were in custody. One was armed with a revolver, the other had suffered a gunshot wound at the party in the Englewood neighborhood on the city's South Side, he said.

"There was a dispute where shots were fired inside," Waller said. "The people started to spill out, and as they spilled out more shots were fired. So we have about three (shooting) scenes."

Waller said the party was a memorial for someone who had been killed in April. He described a "chaotic" scene but said officers arrived within minutes and were assisting the wounded before ambulances arrived. Some of the outside shooting was caught on police surveillance video, he said.

"Definitely there were two different shooters," Waller said. "It looked like they were just shooting randomly at people as they exited the party."

Victims ranged in age from 16 to 48, he said, and the violence appeared to stem from a personal dispute as opposed to a gang-related attack.

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The Rev. Michael Pfleger, who serves as senior pastor at nearby Saint Sabina Church, said that too often guns are used to express "pain, anger and frustration."

"They were gathered to remember someone else who was Killed," Pfleger said on Facebook. "So this is how we remember??? When do we end this GUN MADNESS? Anywhere else in the Country this is a Mass Shooting, in Chicago it's just Another Shooting."

Terrence Daniely, who lives nearby, told ABC7-TV he was awakened by the gunfire.

"I heard the sounds of people screaming and running from a party on the street," he said. "The police response was amazing, it seemed like there were 100 police officers running to the scene."

Not all the recent crime news in Chicago has been negative. Police say violent crime is down in 2019, and the department has forecast a double-digit percentage decline in shootings and homicides for the third straight year.

Still, about 475 homicides have been reported this year. And last month the city reached a dark milestone when the number of illegal gun seizures for the year reached a stunning 10,000.

Pfleger told USA TODAY that guns have become "a part of the American wardrobe" and called for federal legislation to curb easy access to firearms.

"Too many disputes are reconciled by weapons," Waller said. "There are too many weapons on the street."

Bacon reported from McLean, Va.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chicago shooting: 13 wounded, 2 in custody after rampage at house party


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