Tabari Young, 22, is charged with three counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery in Thursday night's shooting at Cornell Square Park on the Southwest Side. In a police report, Young "was identified as the person who shot 3-year-old Deonta Howard and 12 other victims."
Police say there were at least two gunmen who opened fire on the park. Three other men, Kewane Gatewood, 20; Bryon Champ, 21; and Brad Jett, 22; are also charged in the shooting. They face the same three charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.
"Additional charges will be following. That was just a charging instrument to get these individuals into custody and the proceedings started," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.
According to McCarthy, Young fired a military-grade weapon; Champ also fired a gun; Gatewood supplied the military-grade weapon; and Jett acted as a lookout.
McCarthy said motivation behind the Back of the Yards shooting was retaliation, stemming from an unreported shooting the week before in which Champ was injured.
"As a result, the retaliation took place at Cornell Park," he said.
McCarthy said Champ never should been on the street. In 2012 he was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He was sentenced to boot camp.
"If Champ is not on the street, as he should not have been, this incident does not occur," McCarthy said. He wants stiffer penalties to keep offenders behind bars, and to break the cycle of gang retaliation.
Champ and Gatewood were charged Monday night. Young and Jett were charged Tuesday morning. The identity of a shooter or shooters, if known to investigators is often not revealed publicly until all suspects in the crime are charged. In this case, authorities say there may be additional arrests.
McCarthy called for "real action" on "reasonable gun laws" on the state and federal level to keep assault weapons out of communities.
"Illegal guns and weapons designed for war do not belong in Chicago or any other urban center in this country," McCarthy said. "Illegal guns drive violence. Illegal guns drive murder."
Back of the Yards shooting: 4 suspects Bryon Champ, Kewane Gatewood, Tabari Young, Brad Jett now charged as photos of 3-year-old shot in face, Deonta Howard, posted | abc7chicago.com
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