7 people shot dead, one fatally, in Chicago park


One person was killed and six injured when a gunfight broke out Tuesday night near a baseball field in a Chicago park, authorities said.

The gunfire broke out in Washington Park on the south side of the city around 7:45 p.m. after two feuding groups had a “personal altercation,” Fred Melean, deputy chief of Chicago Police Department, said at a news conference.

The victims were all adults and, according to Melean, no innocent bystanders were found to have been hit in the crossfire.

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The shooting happened two days before the UniverSoul Circus was set to begin a 12-date residency in the park.

Officials told families not to worry about gun violence while attending Thursday night’s performance.

The homicide rate in Chicago was down 15 percent from the same time last year.

“When the circus is up and running they have more security there. We have staff patrolling the park so it’s safe to come to the circus,” Melean advised.

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Police offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer and other gunmen.

Chicago had recorded 469 homicides so far in 2022, a 15% drop from the same time last year, according to police statistics.