PILSEN — A daytime drive-by shooting Thursday near a Park District summer camp alarmed parents in Pilsen.
Officers responded to calls of shots fired at about 2 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of West Cullerton Street on the north end of Dvorak Park, a Chicago Police spokesperson said Friday. Police officers were unable to locate victims, offenders or evidence, the spokesperson said.
No children were hurt in the incident, but about 80 kids, ranging from 6-12 years, were engaged in summer camp activities in the park at the time, according to Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, a Chicago Park District spokeswoman. All campers and park patrons were safely escorted into the field house, she said.
Park District staff then immediately contacted parents by phone to inform them of the incident and proceeded to speak to each one individually as they arrive to pick up their children.
A parent whose child is in the Park District program, who asked not to be named, said parents were told that six to eight shots were fired.
A dedicated park vehicle is assigned to monitor all parks along with a beat car and other officers assigned to the area, according to the Chicago Police.
"The Chicago Park District has a strong relationship with local police districts and works closely with the Chicago Police Department to keep all of our park patrons safe and out of harm’s way," Maxey-Faulkner said.
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