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'Several people' injured in Chicago shooting: Police

A police dispatcher said that 'there were several people shot' in Chicago on Friday at around 0315 GMT

AFP , Friday 20 Sep 2013
The Chicago Fire Department hoses down the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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A late night shooting on a basketball court has left several people wounded in Chicago, President Barack Obama's adopted hometown that has been struggling to stem gang violence, police said.

The Chicago Tribune newspaper reported that 12 people were shot in all, including a three-year old who one witness said was hit in the face, in the shooting on a basketball court at a South Side Chicago park.

A police dispatcher told AFP that "there were several people shot" in the incident at around 10:15 pm (0315 GMT Friday).

"Basically, there have been no fatalities reported and there is no one in custody at this time, the dispatcher said.

The Tribune said the wounded were being treated at area hospitals.

Three of the gunshot victims, including the child, were in serious-to-critical condition, the Chicago Fire Department told the Tribune.

The shooting comes as Chicago struggles to stem an epidemic of gang violence that helped push the city's murder rate up 16 percent to 506 people last year.

Gun violence in the city has continued at a slower but still-brisk pace this year.

President Barack Obama returned to his adopted hometown earlier this year to appeal for an end to the "senseless" gun violence ravaging Chicago as he pressed for ambitious gun control measures, which so far have been stalled in the US Congress.

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