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McCarthy: Assault-style gun used in attack

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy updated the public Friday on the investigation of the Back of the Yards shooting that left 13 wounded, including a 3-year-old boy who was shot in the face.

He said the gunman fired 16 rounds from a 7.65 rifle – and assault-style weapon with a high-capacity magazine - late Thursday night, hitting 13 people at Cornell Square Park.

"There was a basketball game going on," McCarthy said. "The park is open until 11 p.m. We have a policy where the beat officers go into the park and shut it down."

Since the shooting took place at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, park visitors had at least 45 more minutes to enjoy the warm night.

McCarthy also said given the type of weapon used, it is "a miracle there were no fatalities."

The police superintendent said investigators believe several people were involved, but that it wasn't clear yet whether more than one person opened fire. He said based on witness interviews, it appears the attack was gang-related and that several victims are gang members.

"We don't have anybody that I would call in custody at this point," McCarthy said. "We are interviewing people. We're going to come to a quick conclusion on this, as we have with other high profile cases as well."

McCarthy said weapons like the one used in the attack belong on a battlefield, not on American streets.

"It's unusual in a civilized society that something like this could happen," McCarthy said.

He adamantly said "real action" on new laws is necessary to restrict such weapons, such as a ban on assault weapons to start. He also said better background checks should be required, as well as a mandatory report of when guns transfer owners and when guns are lost or stolen. He said the latter requirement would help prevent straw purchases and curb the number of illegal guns on the streets.

"Illegal guns. Illegal guns. Illegal guns drive violence," McCarthy said.

Chicago's homicide numbers made national headlines once again on Thursday, as FBI crime statistic from 2012 determine the city to be the murder capital of America.

SEE: Chicago named murder capital of America, according to FBI report

McCarthy addressed this new title on Friday, saying that although we're seeing lower homicide numbers for 2013, police are continuing to take every case seriously. He has said on more than one occasion that "even one murder is one too many."

"Every shooting is a setback in the city's battle against violent crime," McCarthy said. "Every resident of this city should feel the same sense of safety and security."

McCarthy said police will work until this is accomplished.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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