CHICAGO - Five people were shot in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood Sunday morning.
The wounded, ranging in age from 16 to 33, were on a sidewalk in the 800 block of South Karlov Avenue around 1:30 a.m. when a fight gave way to the exchange of gunfire, Chicago police said.
Shell casings and at least 97 evidence markers could be seen scattered in the street and around the corner outside Daniel Webster Elementary School. A police source said three different types of bullets were used in the firefight, including a caliber used in AK-47s and other rifles.
A 21-year-old man was shot in the left side of the body, and transported to the hospital in serious condition.
Another 21-year-old man was shot in the left arm, and transported to the hospital in serious condition.
A 21-year-old woman was also shot in the left arm, and transported to the hospital in serious condition.
A 16-year-old girl was shot in the back, and transported to the hospital in serious condition.
A 33-year-old was shot in the face, and transported to the hospital in serious condition.
No offenders are currently in custody.
Sharon Tillman, a retired 63-year-old, said she was awoken by the incessant sound of gunfire. "It sounded like it had a switch or something because it kept going," she said.
Though she’s lived on the block for much of her life, Tillman said shootings have become more common and have inched closer to home in recent years. She said the gunfight broke out during a "repast" commemorating the anniversary of the death of another gunshot victim named "Zara."
A flyer advertising a "Zara Day" party on Saturday had been circulated on social media to mark the killing of Lazarra Daniels, an 18-year-old woman who was gunned down in nearby West Garfield Park as protests and looting roiled the city on May 31, 2020 — the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades.
Organizers of the party didn’t respond to requests for comment.
The Sun-Times Media' Wire contributed to this report.