CHICAGO (AP) — An argument in a house on Chicago’s South Side erupted into gunfire early Tuesday, leaving four people dead and four more injured, police said.
The shooting happened at about 5.45am in the Englewood neighbourhood, police said. No one has been arrested and police provided few details about the shooting. None of the victims appeared to be juveniles.
At a news conference on Tuesday morning, Police Superintendent David Brown said three of the victims who died were female and one was male. The department earlier reported that all four were female.
Detectives were trying to determine if there was more than one shooter, police spokesman Tom Ahern said. A two-year-old child was removed safely from the house and placed in protective custody, he said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified one of the fatal victims late Monday as Ratanya Aryiel Rogers, 28. The other victims were identified by police as a 35-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman and a 19-year-old female.
The injured included two men who were shot in the back of the head. Police were unable to provide information on their conditions. A 23-year-old man who was shot in the back and a woman who suffered an unspecified gunshot wound were both in critical condition, police said.
Brown said detectives haven’t been able to interview the four surviving victims, who were being treated at hospitals. But he said a witness told police there were gunshots at about 2am and that the department’s ShotSpotter gunfire detection system picked up the sound of gunfire at that time. Brown did not provide any details about whether that gunfire was related to the shooting at the house.
The witness told police more gunshots rang out at about 5.45am. Brown also said the police received several calls about disturbances at the residence, but did not elaborate. He said a high-capacity magazine and shell casings were recovered from the scene and that there was no apparent forced entry.