CHICAGO — Over a dozen people are recovering after a shooting at a Halloween party in North Lawndale early Sunday morning.
According to police, 15 people were injured in the gunfire that erupted just after 1 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Pulaski Road.
Officers say a 48-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were both critically injured in the shooting. The other 13 victims, whose ages range from 26 to 53, were reportedly in good condition when they were taken to the hospital.
Police say around 100 people were gathered inside Studio 1258 when someone was thrown out of the party. According to police, the partygoer then allegedly returned to the scene with a gun and opened fire.
In a statement issued on Sunday afternoon, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said in part:
“Early this morning, there was an alleged act of retaliation at a Halloween party in the North Lawndale community that left 15 people injured. Initial reports indicate that the suspect was asked to leave the gathering before returning and senselessly opening fire.
Chicago police responded to the shooting and with the assistance of those in attendance, quickly apprehended the offender.
As with all acts of gun violence in our city, my heart is with the victims, families and communities impacted. The Community Safety Coordination Center will ensure that victims and survivors have the resources they need to address trauma, and my office will continue to mobilize the full force of government in working with City agencies, community-based partners, faith leaders and others to reduce the number of guns on Chicago streets and bring safety to our neighborhoods and families.”Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson
Mayor Johnson went on to condemn the violence and called for gun reform.
“The proliferation of high-powered artillery is tearing the fabric of our nation, and as long as I am mayor, Chicago will continue to lead the call for common sense gun reform to bring safety to all communities,” Johnson said.
The property is expected to be closed down by Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) by Monday.
Police say the person who allegedly fired the shots into the crowd was located by officers in the 4000 block of 14th Street and was taken into custody and a gun was recovered. Officers have not yet identified anyone involved.
An investigation into the shooting is underway and anyone with information is asked to call Area Four Detectives at 312-746-8251. Tips for police can also be filed at CPDtip.com. Tips can be left anonymously.