Day at the park marred by violence for Chicago family

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CHICAGO -- For one Chicago father, a recent routine trip to the park became a frightening experience and a stark  reminder of the city’s stubborn violence problem.

“We were just having a great day at the park,” said Xavier McElrath-Bey

Xavier and his daughter were enjoying the day at Sherman Park on the South SIde. 4-year-old Sophie spied some geese.  Xavier wanted to capture the encounter so he started to record it on his cell phone.

But in a startling moment, gun shots rang out.

Seven shots were fired in some kind of dispute across the park.

Other people in the park as well as Xavier and his Sophie took cover and left the park.

Xavier was so moved by what happened he is helping to organize a peace walk in the neighborhood where the gun shots were fired. It’ll be held on June 25th  at 10:30 a.m.  starting at the Precious Blood Center near 51st and Elizabeth.


Google Map for coordinates 41.799484 by -87.657405.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.