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    AMERICA has been rocked by another mass shooting incident, this time in Chicago.
    The Chicago Tribune is reporting that up to 12 people have been shot at a basketball court, including a three-year-old child.
    Four people are in a serious to critical condition, including the three year old, although there have been no reported fatalities as yet.
    One report on Twitter stated there were two gunmen.
    The incident took place on Chicago's south side, in the Back of the Yards neighbourhood.
    The paper is reporting that 60 police are on the scene.
    All the victims have been transported to hospitals but are alive, deputy fire chief James Mungovan said. Police do not yet have anyone in custody.
    A Chicago police spokesman did not confirm how many were shot in the park. He added it wasn't known if there were fatalities.
    A total of 10 ambulances responded to the scene near Cornell Square Park around 10:15 p.m. local time and transported 11 of the victims to various hospitals, fire officials said.
    Five victims were in serious condition and four others were in critical condition, according to fire officials.
    A police dispatcher told AFP: "Basically, there have been no fatalities reported and there is no one in custody at this time."

    Shooting scene in Chicago. Picture: Twitter Source: Supplied

    The Chicago Sun Times quoted 22-year-old local resident Julian Harris as saying that "dreadlocked gunmen in a gray sedan" fired at him at the corner of Wood and 51st street.
    "They've been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night - just gang-banging stuff. It's what they do," the paper quoted Harris saying.
    A witness at the scene said three police officers carried the child to an ambulance.
    "I didn't hear no sounds,'' from the child, he told the Chicago Tribune.
    Francis John, 70, said she was in her apartment when the shooting occurred. She told Associated Press she went down to see what was going on and "a lot of youngsters were running scared.'' She said she was surprised by what had happened, saying she has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years.
    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.
    Back of the Yards is .an industrial and residential neighborhood on Chicago's South Side and gets its name from the former Union Stock Yards, which employed thousands of European immigrants in the early 20th century.
    It is still considered to be a working-class area, though now with a strong Mexican-American ethnic base, and suffers from a relatively high crime rate.
    The incident comes four days after 12 people were killed in a mass shooting at Washington Navy Yard.
    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.
    More to come.

    I cannot at how they don't have guards in basketball courts!


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