At least 5 people, including 2 children, shot at family gathering in Chicago

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At least five people, including two children, were shot Saturday at a family gathering in Chicago, police and a fire official said.

The shooting occurred around 6:20 p.m. in the West Englewood neighborhood, police told NBC Chicago. The two children were believed to be around 5 or 6 years old, police said.

Chicago Fire spokesman Larry Langford said one of the children was shot in the chest and the other in the leg. An 18-year-old, that person’s father and a woman also were shot and taken to hospitals.

A witness to the aftermath of the shooting, Lamon Reccord, told NBC Chicago that “I can’t get it out of my head.”

“This boy, he was at least no older than 10 years old, and he was literally in front of my feet with a gunshot wound to his chest, and his mother was just putting pressure on him,” he said.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that the shooting occurred at a family gathering. He tweeted that “Individuals on scene are not being cooperative with detectives.”

More details about how many people were shot or their conditions were not immediately available.

Reccord, 20, was upset over the shooting and told NBC Chicago that he has lost many friends to gun violence.

“We shouldn’t be so used to this — this shouldn’t be normal,” he said

He said he saw a young girl carried out of a house with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her leg, and another woman who appeared to be shot in the arm.

Dennis Tabb, who works for an anti-violence organization, told the station the gathering was a baby shower and people he knew attended so he went to the scene.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Tabb, who said he has been in the community for 50 years.