3 Year Old Among 13 Injured In Overnight Shooting

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Family members and a pastor of a 3-year-old who was one of 13 people shot on Chicago's southwest side last night say the boy is resting in a hospital.

His grandmother describes the boy as "doing better" and says he's "very strong" after he had plastic surgery. Family members say the boy was shot in the cheek.

Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago says the toddler was talking when he arrived at the hospital and is heavily sedated.

Meanwhile, Chicago police continue to searching for whoever opened fire. Investigators say they believe last night's shooting was gang-related, but they still haven't made any arrests.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday that given the type of weapon used, it is "a miracle" that no one was killed in Thursday night's attack in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

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

McCarthy says weapons like the one used in the attack belong on a battlefield, not on American streets, and that laws are needed to restrict such weapons.

The shooting was reported around 10 p.m. One witness said dreadlocked men opened fire from a car, but police didn't say how many suspects they were searching for.