4 charged in South Side shooting that injured 13

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Four people have been charged with last week’s mass shooting at a park in Chicago’s Back of Yards neighborhood.

At a news conference Tuesday, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy identified the suspects as Tabari Young, 22; Bryon Champ, 21; Kewane F. Gatewood, 20; and Brad Jett; 22. They have each been charged with three felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and three felony counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. Additional charges are forthcoming, he said.

McCarthy identified Young as the offender who fired the military-grade weapon, wounding 3-year-old Deonta Howard and 12 other victims. Young’s record includes more than a dozen arrests. Champ also fired a gun during the incident, McCarthy said.

McCarthy said Gatewood provided the military-grade weapon used in the shooting, while Jett, a convicted felon, served as a lookout at the shooting.

“Not only do we believe a military-grade weapon was used in this shooting, but one of the offenders charged last night was convicted of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon/Possession of a firearm by a Felon a little more than a year ago,” McCarthy said of Bryon Champ, who is a convicted felon and documented gang member. “He received boot camp for that gun crime and was back out on the streets to be a part of this senseless shooting. That is unacceptable. To truly address violence for the long-term we need state and federal laws that keep illegal guns out of our communities and provide real punishment for the criminals who use them.”

Gatewood and Champ are scheduled to appear in court later Tuesday.

Young and Jett are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

This is a developing story – check back for details.

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  • mbarney

    Good! I am glad that the police have caught these hooligans, who go around shooting innocent people in the park, now the city will be safe, for now. These fools look crazy as a mother, you know the rest, I hope that tese guy get what they deserve, from the justice system in the future.

  • joe

    Maybe the Cook County Court system will give them a good spanking, like 40 years in jail, but since the court system follows the Chicago Democratic Book of Rules and Standards, they will probably get 4 years and be out in 18 months. They can then start all over.

    • Jim

      Lets hope these are the right guys we all know how chicago police are there was a lot of pressure to solve this case since it was featured on international news.

  • Friday

    The United States needs to take ownership of an uninhabited island in the pacific and drop these dumb dumbs off on it to fend for themselves, along with every other animal in our jail system. These fools will now be represented in our court system by the use of taxpayer money only to then be fed and housed with taxpayer money to live in a day to day life they're already living on the streets of Chicago. That's not punishment for their crimes.

  • Jose

    How about this "Top Cop"? How about we label every known gang member and where ever they move or stay, they should go around and let every member of that community know of their past and what they are certainly capable of doing again. How about we get some real patrols going around the these bad parts on a frequent basis? Send these men to prison for a 30+ years, since we don't have a death penalty anymore. We need to stop letting scum like these men from continuing to prey on innocent people, stop blaming guns. Limit the ways a person with criminal intent can obtain a gun, and you have only made his decision more simple, he's still a bad person. We need these gang members in jail, these streets modernized, better education, better parenting, and better policing.

    • Jock E Shift

      Yup, stop blaming/banning guns and start blaming/banning gangs. Maximum sentences for convictions. No paroles, since our spineless state government has seen fit to cease the death penalty.

  • Jim

    Lets hope these are the right guys we all know how chicago police are there was a lot of pressure to solve this case since it was featured on international news.

  • roger

    bring them out back and exterminate them. they've already had a second chance, they obviously proven they are worthless to society anyways