Chicago Police: Six injured in shooting at family gathering Saturday

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Two gunmen approached a baby shower in Chicago and opened fire Saturday, injuring six people, including two children, authorities said.

"This is a very tragic incident".

According to the Chicago Police Department, the shooting occurred at around 6:20 p.m.in the 6300 block of South Seeley Avenue. A 23-year-old man was shot in the left foot. In addition to four adults, an 8-year-old boy was shot in the back and chest and a 10-year-old girl was shot in the shin. Both children are in hospital; doctors at Comer Children's Hospital have managed to stabilise their condition. Their names were not released. "Our prayers are with the two young children that were injured yesterday", he said.

People rushed inside the house when the shooting began.

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A 42-year-old man was shot twice in the hip.

The boy and a 29-year-old woman shot in the shoulder and chest were hospitalized in critical, but stable condition. "They were going to get crushed", Richard Nix, whose grandson was having the shower, told The Chicago Tribune. "They was just playing, and the shooting went off". As of Sunday morning, the boy was stabilized.

West Englewood is a predominantly black community in southwest Chicago which has been ranked, along with Englewood, among the worst five of the city's 77 neighbourhoods by the website RoadSnacks. Police said 561 homicides were committed in the city previous year, a total that exceeded the number of killings in NY and Los Angeles combined.

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