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Mayor Emanuel, Sen. Kirk Respond to Chicago Shooting
Mayor Emanuel, Sen. Kirk Respond to Chicago Shooting

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in his first comments after a crowded park was sprayed with bullets, says the violence has to end.

Emanuel, speaking at a South Side church Friday, said the shooting was a reality in Chicago. However, he said it is not real face of the city.

Emanuel said shootings like what happened late Thursday is too frequent and too familiar to the children of Chicago, and they have to come to an end.

The shooting occurred in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Cornell Square Park was crowded with people watching a neighborhood basketball game. Authorities say all of the 13 wounded are expected to recover from their injuries.

Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy says officers are “interviewing a number of people,” but no one is in custody.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says┬áthe shooting is another reminder of the work that must be done to eradicate gangs. In a statement Friday, the Illinois Republican also says the families of the victims of Thursday night’s shooting are in his prayers.

Kirk visited another Chicago neighborhood several weeks ago and talked with residents affected by violence. He says residents spoke about “their everyday suffering at the hands of these drug-fueled gangsters.”

Kirk has called for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assign an anti-gang coordinator to Chicago.