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Community reacts to shootings at Bud Billiken Parade

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Bud Billiken Parade prides itself in getting Chicago’s young people excited about returning to school. This year it was marred by gunshots.

Two teens were struck – one in the hand, the other grazed from behind. It all reportedly started with an argument. Lavonne Killingsworth was there.

“It was so sad, we heard all the gunshots, everybody was running down the street saying there's shooting,” said Killingsworth.

For Killingsworth the sounds interrupted by violence was a harsh reminder of what happened last May to her 29 year old son Gregory Dickson.

“Someone came into his house and killed him while he was asleep, no one has been arrested,” said Killingsworth.

Chicago police say no one is in custody in connection with the shootings at Saturday’s Bud Billiken Parade.

Tonnette Mills went to the parade with Lavonne Killingsworth. She says she’ll think twice before going next year.

“It makes me just want to stay away and not even come out,” said Mills.

So you can only imagine what’s going through the minds of the children who were there when the violence broke out.

“It could have been one of the kids that were there, one of them that were running around and having a good time,” said Travis Mensah, 13.

Mensah says he was scared and ducked for cover.

“I had my hands over my head,” said Mensah.

Mensah is visiting Chicago from Michigan City, Indiana. He attended the Bud Billiken with his uncle who marched the parade route with Pastor Corey Brooks’ Project Hood group.

“This is the 85th Bud Billiken. We cannot let this violence take this proud moment from our city,” said Mensah’s uncle Jedidiah Brown.

“We've never experienced anything like this and we should not experience anything like this,” said Brooks.

Chicago police say detectives are investigating what happened and still searching for the shooter. Police say if you have any information to call 312-745-4290.

The Bud Billiken Parade is billed as the world’s largest back to school parade.


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