Chicago violence leaves 13 wounded including toddler

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CHICAGO (AP)

Chicago’s top police official said Friday an assault-style weapon with a high-capacity magazine was used in a late-night attack that wounded 13 people.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said it is “a miracle” that no one was killed Thursday and that such weapons belong on a battlefield, not on American streets. He said laws are needed to restrict such weapons

McCarthy said investigators believe several people were involved and that the attack was gang-related. Several victims are gang members. No arrests had been made.

The attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols. Chicago’s number of homicides last year topped 500 for the first time since 2008.

A 3-year-old boy was critically hurt but was alert when he arrived at a hospital and seemed to be doing well, family and friends said. Two other people were in critical condition.

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