Police at the site of the shooting – Image: abc7

At least 13 people were shot a memorial event held in Chicago to mark the birthday of a 22-year-old gunshot victim on Saturday night.

Police say there were at least two shooters, “who looked like they were firing randomly at people trying to escape”.

The attack happened shortly after midnight on Chicago’s South Side which injured multiple victims – including a 16-year-old boy.
International news reports say “a dispute broke out inside a home before further shots were fired outside as panicked people tried to escape”.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the attack, and a revolver has been recovered.

According to the Chicago Tribune: “The party was held to mark the birthday of Lonell Irvin, 22, who was shot dead in an attempted carjacking in April.

Chicago Police Department said four victims were in a critical condition.

A 29-year-old woman who was at the scene said: “They were just celebrating a memorial for somebody that passed away, and this is what they do.”

Investigators said the people shot were aged between 16 and 48.

The attack happened in the city’s Englewood neighbourhood.

Chief of Patrol Fred Waller tol WSBT that the house party was “given in memorial of a subject slain in April.”

The victims suffered “different and various gunshot wounds to their bodies.

“It looked like they were just shooting randomly at people who were leaving the party.

“One subject was arrested with a weapon, one subject was identified as someone of interest,” he said.

“One of them has a gunshot wound. The one with a weapon was not shot.

While noting that it was an “isolated incident”, the police chief added: “There are too many weapons on the street, and too many disputes being settled using weapons.”