Kids, ages 12 and 15, shot during ‘large group’ incident at 31st Street Beach

CHICAGO — A gunman opened fire during a “large group” gathering at 31st Street Beach on Friday evening, leaving a 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl injured, according to Chicago police and witnesses.

A video posted on the Citizen App showed dozens of people running from an overpass as a small group stayed behind, tending to the 12-year-old on the side of the bridge. A woman wrapped bandages around the boy’s knee as at least three people made phone calls, presumably to 911 or relatives.

The Chicago police helicopter was shown hovering over the scene less than a minute after the victims were shot.

“Chicago’s youth trends of spreading the word on social media to gather and cause mayhem must be addressed at every level,” Rev. Corey Brooks declared on Twitter. “Tonight, an eighth grade girl was shot in the back. Our city deserves safer, more positive spaces for everyone.”

CPD offered few details about what happened. In a media statement, the department said the boy was “walking with a large group of people” when someone in a silver sedan fired shots in the 500 block of East 31st Street. A 15-year-old girl seated in another car was also injured.

The police statement said the shooting occurred at 9:19 p.m., but it actually happened at 8:40 p.m., according to witnesses and CPD dispatch records.

The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the left leg, police said. The girl is in good condition with gunshot wounds to her back at the University of Chicago Hospital, according to CPD.

In April 2023, a 14-year-old boy was shot during a “large group” gathering at 31st Street Beach. In addition to the shooting, the crowd pulled a driver from a Tesla and set the vehicle on fire.

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