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Assault-style gun used in attack, Chicago police say

CHICAGO – Chicago’s top police official says an assault-style weapon with a high-capacity magazine was used in a late-night attack at a southwest Chicago park in which 13 people were wounded.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday that given the type of weapon used, it is “a miracle” that no one was killed in Thursday night’s attack in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

McCarhty says investigators believe several people were involved, but that it wasn’t clear yet whether more than one person opened fire. He says based on witness interviews, it appears the attack was gang-related and that several victims are gang members.

McCarthy says weapons like the one used in the attack belong on a battlefield, not on U.S. streets, and that laws are needed to restrict such weapons.

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