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Chicago shooting: Vigil planned as CPD continues search for those responsible for East Garfield Park incident

Chicago shooting: Vigil planned as CPD continues search for those responsible for East Garfield Park incident

CHICAGO (WLS) — A vigil is planned for Wednesday as Chicago police continue to search for the gunman who opened fire Monday night in an East Garfield park that injured 15 people.

One of the most seriously injured victims of that shooting was hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Pierre Riley, 48, was one of 14 killed at California Avenue and Polk Street Monday night during a vigil for a woman who died of natural causes.

During the incident, the car hit the 15th person.

Riley was last pictured holding a picture of his late close friend before the shoot.

Riley’s family is asking people to keep him in their prayers.

“We’re asking people to pray for his strength and recovery because he was a sweet and lovable person,” said his stepdaughter Artkeshia McGee. “Everyone here loved him and liked each other.”

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 be positive about him. So everything will be fine,” McGee said.

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Investigators say at least two gunmen fired shots from a dark SUV before speeding away.

The shooting sent neighbors like Eddie rushing outside his home to help.

“It was total chaos! It was dark and people weren’t sure where their friends and family were. Someone got hit by a car that went off, so you have a body on the street,” he said.

On Tuesday, dozens of people gathered at the site to speak out against gun violence and demand change.

Breakthrough Urban Ministries held a 10 a.m. press conference there, while Councilman Jason Ervin plans a 6 p.m. gathering with faith leaders.

The families of some of the victims chose not to attend the morning press conference, where a coalition of stakeholders called on Chicago to do the right thing and hand over those responsible.

“We need men and women to take responsibility for their community,” said the Reverend Cornelius Parks. “There’s only so much CPD can do. There’s only so much outsiders can do. If you don’t take a stand in your community, it could be your son, it could be your daughter.”

“It was probably one of the worst days of my alderman career to get that kind of news,” Ervin said.

The youngest victim is 3 years old. An eleven-year-old and a teenager, who may be 13, were also shot. According to the police, the other victims are in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

The condition of the victims varies from very serious injuries to non-life-threatening injuries. At least six people are in serious or critical condition in nearby hospitals. No deaths have been reported yet.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Chicago Police Department, and a reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information leading to charges and/or convictions in this incident.

No one is in custody. The Chicago Police Department’s investigation is ongoing.

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