Back of the Yards
Police charged four people in relation to the Sept. 19 mass shooting at Cornell Square Park that left 13 wounded, including a 3-year-old boy who received a non-fatal shot to the head.
Tabari Young and Brad Jett, both 22, are charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Both were arrested in an abandoned building three blocks from Cornell Park on Sept. 22. Later Bryon Champ, 21, and Kewane Gatewood, 20, were also charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Chicago police say Champ and Gatewood “played significant roles” in the shooting. At press time additional charges for the four suspects were pending.
The brutal shooting was reportedly a gang retaliation that happened after Champ was grazed by gunfire earlier in a gang altercation in Back of the Yards. One of the gunmen used a military-grade assault rifle to open fire on a pickup basketball game at the park, firing at least 16 rounds.
“If Bryon Champ is not on the streets…this incident does not occur,” said Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “Illegal guns drive violence, illegal guns drive murder.”
Last summer Champ had been charged with Unlawful use of a Weapon by a Felon and sentenced to boot camp at the Cook County Department of Corrections, a 4-month detention program where inmates live in platoon style dormitories.