CHICAGO - Two people were killed and eight others wounded in a shooting in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood Sunday that was apparently retaliation for an earlier incident, Chicago police said.
The shooting took place in the 2600-block of West 46th Place at about 5:17 p.m., police said.
A 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were killed in the shooting. Authorities have not released the identities of the two victims.
A 19-year-old woman was shot in the right leg and a 25-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to the right hip and right elbow, police said. They were both taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Six more people were listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital, police said. A 23-year-old man and two 26-year-old men were all shot in their right legs; another 26-year-old man was shot in both ankles; a 25-year-old woman was shot in the right arm; and another 23-year-old suffered bullet fragment wounds in his right leg.
Police are now keeping their eyes on the neighborhood for any more violence. The shooting occurred as a large group of people gathered to remember the victim of another shooting early Sunday morning, police said.
Police said 26-year-old Daniel Cordova, a gang member, was shot and killed at 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the same Brighton Park neighborhood.
Authorities were expecting some sort of retaliation and they had extra patrols in the area to try to prevent it.
The shooting is raising questions about how gang members are getting a hold of military-style weapons as police said assault rifles were used in the shooting. Longtime community activist Andrew Holmes says the bigger question should be how assault rifles got in the hands of the shooters.
"The city deserves to know where these guns are coming from and where they were purchased. There are serial numbers on these military-style guns. Someone is hand delivering them, someone is driving these guns here or someone is purchasing these guns illegal," Holmes said.
Holmes believes, some of the guns may have come from stolen from a rail yard in Englewood back in May of 2014. He feared then, these guns would come back to the streets of Chicago and get into the wrong hands.
"We got a serious problem here in Chicago. We have a serious problem with these military style weapons they shouldn't be on the street they are supposed to be used for the military," Holmes said.
Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.