Chicago Church Shooting: 5 Gunned Down in Drive-By as Church Holds Prayer Service, Soup Kitchen

| September 1, 2013

Five people have been injured in a drive-by shooting at Uptown Baptist Church earlier this week.

According to authorities, the shootings occurred in the Uptown neighborhood when a car pulled up in front of the church, specifically targeting one of the individuals on the sidewalk. The four others were victims of their proximity.

The police believe gangs were responsible for the latest act of violence. Two of the wounded were identified as gang members while the rest, according to Uptown Baptist Church pastor Michael Allen, were likely there because of the church's soup kitchen or prayer service.

"We heard the barrage of shots outside. There must have been at least 15 to 20 shots fired, and then after that, I went out to find out what was going on, and just saw carnage at the base of the church steps," Allen told CBS. "I do believe at least two or three of the victims had either just come into the sanctuary, or to our meal, or were just leaving the Monday night meal," Allen said.

The victims' conditions range from extremely critical to good.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, who has repeatedly called for assault weapons to be banned, spoke with frustration as he identified the shooter's weapon as such.

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