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Child among 3 killed in Grand Crossing mass shooting on 4th of July

The mass shooting in Chicago's Grand Crossing neighborhood is believed to have stemmed from a "personal dispute"

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One of the children injured in a mass shooting Thursday morning in Chicago's Grand Crossing neighborhood has died, authorities said.

An 8-year-old boy, identified by family as Bryson Orr, passed away from his injuries following surgery, according to family. The two other children who were injured remained in critical condition late Thursday.


Two adults were killed and three children were critically injured in a shooting in Chicago's Grand Crossing neighborhood in the early morning hours on the Fourth of July, Chicago police said.

"So, unfortunately on this holiday morning, we find ourselves at the scene of another tragedy," Don Jerome, Deputy Chief Area One said during a press conference Thursday morning.

Around 6:15 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to the 7100 block of South Woodlawn on a ShotSpotter alert, police said. Upon arrival, officers discovered "multiple people" shot.

According to Jerome, a preliminary investigation revealed that two vehicles pulled up to a residence in the area, with multiple subjects exiting the vehicles and firing at the residence.

Multiple shell casings were recovered from the scene, along with a rifle and a handgun, Jerome added.

Two females, ages 22 and 42, were pronounced dead at the scene, Jerome said. Three male children, ages 5, 7 and 8, were also struck by gunfire and transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, Jerome added.

The shooting is believed to have stemmed from a "personal dispute," Jerome said, noting that all victims were believed to be inside the residence when the shooting occurred.

Police did not release further information about the suspects or the vehicles involved.

Deputy Mayor Garien Gatewood and Fifth Ward Alderman Desmon Yancy also spoke at the press conference Thursday.

"This senseless violence has to stop," Yancy said. "Personal conflict and guns has become a bad combination. The summer's just getting started. I don't want to stand in front of another group of microphones and have another discussion about the pain that's caused in our community."

NBC 5's Jenn Schanz reported the scene remained active Thursday morning, with a large police presence setting up a perimeter. Ambulances and police cars were on scene, and officers could be seen going door-to-door gathering evidence.

According to police, an investigation remains ongoing.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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