CHICAGO (WLS) — A vigil is scheduled for Wednesday as Chicago police continue to search for the gunman who injured 15 people in a shooting at East Garfield Park Monday night.
One of the most seriously injured victims of this shooting is being treated in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Pierre Riley, 48, was one of 14 shot dead Monday night at California Avenue and Polk Street during a vigil for a woman who died of natural causes.
A 15th person was hit by a car during the incident.
Riley was last captured in a photo prior to the shooting, which featured a picture of his late close friend.
Riley’s family is asking people to keep him in their prayers.
“We ask people to pray for his strength and recovery because he was a lovely and personable person,” said his stepdaughter Artkeshia McGee. “Everyone here loved and liked him.”
His stepdaughter said the 48-year-old was shot in the head and is in critical condition while clinging to life.
“I just want to think about being positive for him. So everything will be fine,” McGee said.
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Investigators say at least two gunmen fired from a dark-colored SUV before driving away.
When the shooting happened, neighbors like Eddie rushed out of his home to help.
“Total chaos! It was dark and people are not sure where their friends and family are. Someone was hit by the car that was shooting, so there’s a body on the road,” he said.
On Tuesday, dozens gathered at the scene to speak out against gun violence and to call for change.
Breakthrough Urban Ministries held a press conference there at 10:00 am, while Alderman Jason Ervin plans to meet with religious leaders at 6:00 pm.
The families of some of the victims chose not to attend the morning press conference at which a coalition of stakeholders called on Chicago to do the right thing and report those responsible.
“We need men and women to take responsibility for their own church,” said Rev. Cornelius Parks. “There is only so much CPD can do. There’s only so much outsiders can do. If you don’t take a stand in your own community, that could be your son, that could be your daughter.”
“It was probably one of the worst days of my career as an alderman receiving news like this,” Ervin said.
The youngest victim is 3 years old. An 11-year-old and a possible 13-year-old teenager were also shot dead. The other victims are between 30, 40 and 50 years old, according to the police.
The victims’ conditions vary from very serious injuries to non-life-threatening injuries. At least six people are in serious or critical condition in nearby hospitals. There are no reported deaths yet.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Chicago Police Department and a reward of up to $15,000 will be offered for information leading to a charge and/or conviction in this incident.
Nobody is in custody. An investigation by the Chicago Police Department is ongoing.
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