Two teens shot at Bud Billiken Parade

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.

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12 comments

  • mbarney

    Damn! How could this happen when there is a large crowd of people around on a Saturday afternoon, and why must this be happening in the broad daylight where there are a large group of people around, including men, women, children and teenagers that are in the parade, and there are some police presence out there, and there are some military people there that are in the parade, and not to mention there are some news people who are reporting the parade that are out there that day. Keep The Peace brothers, or you may end up in a situation that you may be locked up, or killed in the streets, and then it may read Rest In Peace.

  • MrSatyre

    Impossible! You have all those gun control laws! And when people still get shot by criminals, or criminals shoot other criminals, you enact more gun control laws. And when people still get shot by criminals, or criminals shoot other criminals, you enact more gun control laws. And when people still get shot…

  • No surprise

    Anybody who is surprised or shocked by this is not living in Chicago.
    Same S—T different day,
    But don’t worry Rahm gave the go ahead to bring in a whopping 20 State Police Officers to help out with what I don’t know?
    Time for me , the family & friends to get ready to move either to DuPage or Will counties.
    Dollar for dollar, housing & taxes are about the same as living in Chicago, Crook County.
    The difference is though from my research is much better schools, public services and police protection.
    Time to get out of Chicago now before the housing market falls even lower because of the violence like Detroit did.

  • Martin

    …and Rahm is somewhere, cutting the ribbon to a new playground “for our children”, what good is a playground if kids cant even safely use them?

  • Michael Payne

    SHOW FORCE HOW James?? We D O N ‘ T want “Stop & Frisk”, We don’t want the Po-Po to do a damm thing to our sweet, precious babies (“My Baby didn’t do that…..”). So exactly how can they “stop” anything???

  • sterey

    I feel ya James. I’ve been saying that for years but don’t know where to start. Besides, I have my own life to keep up.


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