4 shot, including 11-year-old, 6-year-old while in vehicle in Englewood

Monday night, it was Back of the Yards. Wednesday night, it was Englewood. 

Yet another mass shooting.

This one leaving two boys, ages six and 11, with gunshot wounds to their arms.

Shortly before 6 p.m., right in front of the K-8 Miles Davis Magnet Academy, a car carrying two children was left riddled with bullets. 

All four occupants were hit: a man and a woman in their early 20s, and two boys, just 11 and six.  Police said the victims were driving by, heard shots, and felt pain. 

They will all be ok, but it's the second mass shooting on the South Side in as many days. 

Tuesday's Back of the Yards shoot-out between rival gangs left a 19-year-old dead, 4 others wounded, and gang members fighting with responding officers.

"Gangsters. These were gang members that have turned on us, not the community," said CPD Superintendent David Brown. "These were gangsters that fought the police, and now they're arrested and charged with battery to the police."

Brown says a gang war in Back of the Yards was set off — in part — because a high-ranking gang member should not have been on the street in the first place.  


"Our police officers did their job. They took a gun off the street off a felon who had a violent history. That felon got a cash bond. The risk assessment for our violent offenders by our judges needs to get better," said Brown.

Prof. Sharon Fairley who once led the Independent Police Review Authority and now teaches at University of Chicago said the approach to this violence needs to be holistic. 

"We can't simply 'police our way out' of this violence," Fairley said.  "We need to support these communities with violence interruption services, health services, housing, education, and economic development."

No offenders are in custody for either of the past two nights' shootings; you're asked to contact police if you have any information.