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Three people were shot on a back-to-school peace picnic was held in a playground in Chicago on Saturday night.
A fourth person was beaten on the event, which was held for the promotion of the peace and in the community.
The picnic, which took place in Seward Park of the city to the North, was on the road to a safe start, but the spectators say that the mood changed quickly when a group of young men showed up and started to fight.
“It is pointless and would never happen,” an organizer of a peace picnic said after the event turned violent.
“It is pointless and should have never happened,” event organizer Raymond Hatcher told reporters. “We were doing well. Everything was going swell and then a group of guys who were not associated with us, came to the event in a daze.”
“We were doing well. Everything was going swell and then a group of guys who were not associated with us, came to the event in a daze.”
– Raymond Hatcher, organizer of the Chicago “peace picnic”
Hatcher, who puts on the event that was attended by hundreds of people per year, shook his head as the police are shielded from the environment with a red crime-scene tape.
Nineteen-year-old Trayvon Hatcher came with his two nephews to the park on Saturday.
“Everyone tried to get away,” he told reporters.
Hatcher said when he heard the shots, he grabbed his nephews and left.
Saturday’s incident was one of several shootings that rocked Chicago in the weekend.
On Friday, as the city girded itself for another weekend of chaos and bloodshed, a shooting left seven people injured, including a 3-year-old boy.
The youngster is one of the 25 people shot in Chicago over a span of about 14 hours from Friday afternoon to early Saturday.
A 27-year-old man was killed after being shot in the chest and arm for about 3 hours, Friday on Chicago’s South Side, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Police say the child was hit in his left tibia in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side. He was transported to a children’s hospital and is in stable condition.