The park where the shooting took place slipped through the cracks, demonstrating the difficulty of trying to contain all of the city's gang hot spots. Police said they had "impact zones," with intensified patrols, three blocks north and three blocks south of the park.
But police were aware that the area was what McCarthy called "a high-gang conflict zone." Some of the victims were gang members, McCarthy said, but detectives were not clear on the intended target.
Violent crime is down this year in Chicago compared with 2012, when homicides surged past 500 for the first time since 2008. Police have recorded 305 homicides so far this year, 21 percent fewer than the 389 slayings recorded over the same period last year.
Rap artist Common, a Chicago native who has spoken eloquently about his hometown's violence, said the city needs to better understand its young people and be more consistent in its efforts to help them. Speaking at a city-sponsored summit aimed at helping local musicians develop their careers, he noted that while the violence remains a problem, so does increasing poverty and other hardships that families face.
"It makes me think I got to do more; we got to do more," said Common, who has a foundation that helps expose disadvantaged young people to the creative arts. "Young people, we have to meet them where they are. Some of them may not be in a place where they can say, 'OK, I'm going to stop.' It may be a process. You have to deal with that."
Some residents responded with resilience.
At the park where the shooting took place, two men with a well-worn basketball came onto the courts Friday afternoon to proclaim the site safe.
"We're not going to let an act of evil discourage us," T.T. Turner, pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, said as he shot baskets with Cleo Miller, a 26-year-old with Michael Jordan "Jumpman" logo earrings.
"Those that did this will be caught," Turner said.
Associated Press writer Ashley M. Heher in Chicago and AP news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.
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