The Bud Billiken Parade celebrating its 85th year. It’s the largest back to school parade and one of the largest parades in the country. It’s an event dedicated to celebrating students, but today a shooting along the parade route, ruined stole the spotlight.
For more than 40 years, the Cline family pitches a tent, and fires-up the grill, near the corner of 42nd and King Drive, it’s a family tradition. This bunch of cousins, children and grandchildren come to enjoy the Bud Billiken Parade. The Cline family, taking-in the sights and sounds of the parade, when chaos erupted just steps behind them, just after 12:30 this afternoon.
“We were actually just sitting here watching the parade, and we just see everybody running and moving,” Ursula Cline said. “The whole crowd just moved and everybody started falling, hitting the ground, and we just heard gunshots.”
“We stayed on the ground for about 15, 20 minutes because we’d seen the crowd run towards 42nd Street,” Helena Cline said. “So we don’t know where they were going or where the shots came from, but we knew they were close.”
Chicago police say two teens were shot, after a group approached one of the victims, an 18- year-old and words were exchanged. Someone in the group pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old in his arm. A 17-year-old hit in the hand by a bullet, plus a graze wound to his backside.
And despite the chaos that was taking place behind the barricades, the parade marched on, uninterrupted. But the Cline family decided to shake it off, and stay until the end. Their spirits a bit dampened.
Police say no one is in custody for this shooting and the victims are expected to be ok. A number of people I talked to tell me they can’t recall a shooting ever taking place the Bud Billiken Parade.
Live from Chicago police headquarters, Courtney Gousman, WGN News.