Two children, ages 7 and 13, were shot Friday afternoon on a playground at an elementary school on Chicago’s South Side during an end of the year picnic, authorities said.
The shooting occurred at Warren Elementary School in the 9200 block of South Jeffery Avenue, police said.
Former students of the school tried to gain access to the end of year picnic about 1:30 p.m., Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said. School security knew who the former students and refused to let them in. The former students then went to the corner of 92nd and Chapel where they “loitered,” Johnson said. A black vehicle pulled up and started shooting at them, he said.
A 7-year-old girl was shot in the thigh, and a 13-year-old girl was shot in the hand, according to Chicago Fire officials. Both were transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital. The girls were unintended targets, police said.
The injuries are not life-threatening, fire officials said.
Police News Affairs said officers responded to a call of shots fired and “discovered two juveniles shot” outside the school.
Community activist Andrew Holmes told NBC 5 police were looking for three people in a black vehicle.
Police said “persons of interest” were being questioned.
Students tell NBC 5 the school was having an end of the year BBQ when the gunfire broke out and there were many children on the playground.
School and police officials were expected to hold a press conference this afternoon.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on his way to Comer Children’s Hospital where the wounded children were taken, officials said.