'It's another tragic incident': 9 shot, 2 fatally at Washington Park on South Side

Two people were killed, and seven others were wounded after gunfire rang out Tuesday night at a park on Chicago's South Side.

The shooting occurred at 5531 South King Drive around 7:46 p.m. in Washington Park, Deputy Chief Fred Melean said during a news conference at the nearby University of Chicago Medical Center.

"It’s another tragic incident," Melean said.


According to CPD, two groups were at the park when an altercation ensued. 

The shooting was likely caused by "a personal conflict with gang affiliations," Chicago’s top cop said Wednesday as investigators continued to piece together what happened.

According to a police spokesman, the shooting occurred while a baseball game was taking place on a nearby field.

More than 30 shell casings were recovered, a law enforcement source said.

Lionel Coward, 43, suffered a gunshot wound in the back of the head, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was found in critical condition by emergency responders and later died.

According to the medical examiner, Khalil Denny, 19, was shot multiple times and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died.

A man, 30, was shot in the left shin and listed in good condition; a man, 39, was struck in the right ankle and was listed in good condition; a woman, 27, was struck in the upper left thigh and was listed in good condition; a 22-year-old man was struck in the left elbow and listed in good condition. They were all taken by ambulance to the University of Chicago Medical Center. 

A 19-year-old man went to Insight Hospital with a wound to the right shoulder. He was listed in good condition.

Two other victims later showed up at the hospital: A woman, 33, with a graze wound to the upper right arm; and a 46-year-old man with a graze wound to the right calf. 

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information about the shooting. Anonymous tipsters should call (833) 408-0069.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.