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4 men charged in Chicago shooting that injured 13

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    This family handout photo provided by Rev. Corey Brooks shows 3-year-old Deonta Howard recovering from a gunshot wound Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Howard was among 13 people shot Thursday night, Sept. 19, 2013, at Cornell Square Park on Chicago's southwest side. Two men were charged Monday, Sept. 23 with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting. (AP Photo/Family photo via Rev. Corey Brooks)
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    Chicago Police detectives on Sept. 20 investigated the scene where 13 people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park in Chicago. Authorities on Monday night charged two men in connection with the shooting.
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CHICAGO >> Two suspected gunman and two others have been charged in a shooting that injured 13 people including a 3-year-old boy in a crowded Chicago park, police said today.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said all four are charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in Thursday’s attack in Cornell Square Park on the southwest side.

Investigators believe Tabari Young, 22, was the principal gunman and he was charged Tuesday, McCarthy said. Bryon Champ, 21, who was charged a day earlier, was also a shooter, the police superintendent said.

A suspected lookout, Brad Jett, 22, and Kewane Gatewood, 20, have also been charged, McCarthy said.

Among those injured in the shooting were two teenagers and 3-year-old Deonta Howard, who is recovering from surgery after being shot near his ear.

Authorities describe Champ as a documented gang member. He was convicted in July 2012 on charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and sentenced to Cook County Jail’s boot camp.

Police had recorded 306 murders and 1,402 shooting incidents this year in Chicago as of Sept. 15, down 20 and 22 percent, respectively, from the same period in 2012. Police say overall violent crime is down about 15 percent, according to new figures released Monday.

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