CHICAGO (CBS) - Witnesses say two men in a car opened fire on a crowded Chicago park last night; 13 people were hit. It's the latest in a wave of violence that has seen more than 1600 shooting incidents this year.
Three victims are in critical condition including 3-year-old Deonta' Howard who was shot in the head. Howard's aunt Kailynn Jordan says, "My uncle on my daddy's side made me go in the house but I saw my sister running away so I went with her and we found out it was my nephew."
Deonta's grandmother Tracy Gautreaux says, "I'm just asking that everybody pray and that this violence just stop. There's too many kids getting hurt out here."
The city of Chicago has been stepping up its police presence to respond to a rash of shootings. They have increased patrols in many neighborhoods including the "Back of the Yards" neighborhood where last night's shooting took place. One person in the neighborhood said, "Police were over here real quick, they got here real fast."
Police believe last night's shooting is gang related.
Labor day weekend was particularly deadly in Chicago. Eight people were killed that weekend including Deonta' Howard's uncle.