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"This was a peace event, and somehow it went haywire: 3 shots, 1 near Seward Park on Near North Side



Three men were shot and a quarter were beaten when witnesses said Saturday night that a peace picnic was taking place at Seward Park near North Side.

One to three armed men between the ages of 15 and 20 opened the fire group when they stood outside, hitting three men – 28, 43 and 54, police said.

The attack occurred shortly after 6 PM in the 300 block West Division Street, while a witness described as a "peace picnic".

The 28-year-old shot in the back was in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital while the other two, shot in the legs and arms, were taken to Northwestern, where conditions had stabilized, according to the police ,

A fourth adult victim, who was beaten, was illegally transferred to the Masonic Medical Center in Illinois, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Frank Velez.

"This was a peace event, it was kind of overflowing," said Maurice Edwards, 50, who was at the picnic all day. "A personal fight resulted in a shootout," said Edwards of 1

00 Men Standing, a violence prevention group.

A "person of interest" was arrested after the attack, said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who advised people to avoid the area.

Officials said earlier that it happened in the 300 block of West Elm Street.

An EMS Plan I was put into effect, sending at least five ambulances to the scene.

From about 7 pm, bloody gauze pads lay scattered on a playground, but other people stayed in other areas of the park, grilling, playing basketball or going dogs and shopping.

"They started shooting, baby," said a woman who did not want to use her name. "At a picnic, with children here!"

In Other Saturdays:

  • A 23-year-old man was shot in the back at around 8pm. Englewood on the south side in the west, police said. Witnesses told officials they had heard shots and saw the man lying on the sidewalk in the 2300 block of West 72nd Street. He was in critical condition at the Advocate Christ Medical Center at Oak Lawn.
  • An 18-year-old man was shot at 19:20 in the hand. in the 13300 block of South Front Street on the Far South Side. He took himself to the Roseland Community Hospital, where he was stabilized.

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