Two children, adult man injured in East Garfield Park shooting after back-to-school event

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — Two children were injured in a shooting outside a business in East Garfield Park during a back-to-school event Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Police said a 11-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were outside of a business in the 2900 block of West Fulton Street at approximately 3:23 p.m. when they were approached by an unknown vehicle and two occupants inside fired shots toward them.

The boy was grazed to the hip and the girl was struck to the calf and ankle. Both self-transpoted to Rush Hospital in good condition, according to Chicago fire officials.

Police said a 25-year-old man self-transported to Mount Sinai Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the body in good condition.

The shooting occurred shortly after the conclusion of a back-to-school picnic, giving away school supplies and food with music and other activities, organized by community leaders.

“I heard the shots, my back was turned, I turned around slow thinking this is a bad place to play with fireworks by a gas station, but these were not fireworks. These were automatic weapons,” Lamar Peterson said.

Lamar Peterson, the father of the children shot, said it was a traumatizing experience that should never happen in this setting.

Peterson’s daughter Ayona is an aspiring rapper and had sold cotton candy and performed at the event. As the bullets started flying, Ayona was struck twice.

“On the way to the hospital she was crying, saying she wanted to go home and wishing she didn’t come outside today,” Peterson said.

Peterson then realized his 12-year-old stepson had been shot as well, though the cell phone in his pocket likely spared him from further injury.

“He got hit in his iPhone in his pocket. The iPhone took the majority of the blast,” Peterson said.

The adult man shot in the incident was local rapper ‘VT Bad Boy’, who performed at the event and was also one of the contributors.

Peterson said the rapper was in surgery Saturday night, fighting for his life at Mount Sinai Hospital.

There is no one in custody and the shooting is under investigation.

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