Two teens shot during Bud Billiken parade - KMSP-TV

Two teens shot during Bud Billiken parade

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Two teenagers were wounded when shots were fired during the Bud Billiken Parade Saturday afternoon.

The parade continued well after the victims were shot near 42nd and King Drive, but many people in the crowd left following the violence, the Sun-Times is reporting.

“Why can't we just have one day of peace?” parade attendee Sherri Grover asked.

Earlier police said there was one victim, an 18-year-old man. But later Saturday, police said, a 17-year-old was shot in the hand and buttocks during the melee.

Audrey Johnson, 45, said she dove when she heard the shots. She said she saw six young men jump one victim, then shoot.

Police said the 18-year-old victim was shot after he was approached by a group of males in the 4200 block of South King at 12:37 p.m. An argument broke out and someone from the group opened fired, striking the teenager, News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. It was unclear where the other teen was transported to.

Johnson, who witnessed the shooting, said many children were in the vicinity when the bullets flew.

“I'm sick of these kids. Why can't they just fight and get it over with? Why they gotta shoot? Why? There were babies everywhere. A woman in a wheelchair. How is she going to get away in that wheelchair? How?” Johnson, of Chatham said, crying.

Johnson said the men who jumped the 18-year-old victim fled north after the shooting while hundreds fled for safety.

Some thought the gunfire were fireworks, until they saw the man dripping blood from his arm and running.

“You've got thousands of babies out here. I'm disgusted. What are all these kids supposed to do? Just dive down to dodge bullets?” Johnson said.

“This is a day the kids wait for, the Bud Billiken. We wait for the parade.”

Ten men were taken into custody.

The 18-year-old victim ran about a block to Calumet, then ran back to get help.

No other injuries were reported, and the parade was not impacted, authorities said.

Officers continued guarding the scene and placed police tape up where a trail of blood was splattered across the pavement Saturday afternoon.

The parade officially ended around 2:15 p.m.

Besides being the oldest and largest African-American parade in Chicago, the Bud Billiken Parade serves as a reminder to students that it's almost time to head back to school.

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