One of the victims shot at the 31st Street Beach in Chicago is laying on the ground waiting for paramedics. – Photo courtesy of Rhonda Griffin

We’ve had two exceptionally beautiful days in Chicago, but it didn’t deter the gun violence. Two young men were shot at the 31st Street Beach on the Southside of Chicago n Sunday, June 11. The shooter was reportedly a young woman.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the two 16-year-old male victims were critically wounded.

One boy was shot in his neck and the second teen was shot in both legs at around 6:40 p.m. on the 3100 block of South Lake Shore Drive, officials said.

Rolling out spoke with Rhonda Griffin who was on the scene with friends and family when the  shooting occurred.

“I was sitting on the sand listening to music with friends and family taking pictures when it happened. It’s so sad; thousands of people gathered with their children, having a great time [and] enjoying this beautiful Chicago weather on this relaxing Sunday. Then, all of a sudden, hundreds of parents are running in fear that their child is the next victim of gun violence in Chicago. It’s so heartbreaking that people are really this heartless. The people around me instantly ran towards the water. And we threw our kids on the ground. It’s just sad and the summer hasn’t even begun.” she said

These acts of senseless violence continue to plague our community. This epidemic directly affects the lives of countless families in the city.

Paramedics tend to another victim who was shot at the 31st Street Beach in Chicago as his blood stains the concrete – Photo courtesy of Rhonda Griffin

We also spoke with Dean Cantave, who was at the beach with his son. We asked him how this situation makes him feel.

“I feel disappointed because so much money was invested in the renovation and building of 31st over the years by the city to make it a place that is truly top-notch and enjoyable during the summer. I feel bad, upset, and sad that someone would do that where there are so many children running around,” he said.

Police and firefighters arrived on the scene to attend to the injured. The beach was evacuated and closed. The shooting victims were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to Chicago police.

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  • SrAgri

    Any word on why the shooting occurred? Women usually don’t engage in random gun violence.

  • xenonman

    Maybe Chicago needs stricter gun laws? lol

  • Chuck

    Maybe the shootings were justified, seeing how these thugs are robbing and raping. Let’s see what caused this woman to shoot.

    • Mason Youngblood

      How in tf you label these young men a f#ckin “thug” before you know details of what happened? Don’t do that bulls#!t.

      • Seriously

        There are some truly hateful and ignorant humans in this world, and Chuck is one of ’em. Disgusting jerk.

        • Chuck

          Thank you.

          • Seriously

            Not sure why you’re thanking me for calling you a “disgusting jerk”, but ok.

            And I just saw your comment below which makes no sense. Mason is replying to your comment where ‘you’ called them “thugs”. I’m looking at it right now.

          • Chuck

            Thank you.

      • Chuck

        I didn’t call them thugs; you did.

        • Mason Youngblood

          Don’t play with me. You said “Maybe the shootings were justified seeing how these thugs are robbing and raping”..what would make you say that? The fact that these men were Black or the fact that they are from Chicago or both. Something in your head provoked you to think “thugs..robbing and raping” when the story never said that. Tell me that that’s not a biased comment and I’ll tell you that you are a damn liar.

          • Chuck

            I didn’t call them thugs; you did.

          • Mason Youngblood

            Scroll back up..read all comments starting from the top..look for the first person who mentioned the word “thug”. I’m checking right now myself. Well, what do you know…it’s YOU. #liar

    • SrAgri

      No one knows yet why they were shot.

      Generally, women don’t commit random gun violence, but there are female gangs and female gang members. Random shootings can sometimes be part of gang initiations.

      Regardless of what happened, it’s still tragic and troubling.

    • Chanequa Allen

      They said they were playing and ran into the lady and knocked her drink out her hand

    • Dawn

      Chuck are you just one of those people that like to get a rise out of people by making statements like that. There were a lot of innocent Children with their families on that Beach. Have some darn sympathy. Are you so far removed from reality that you think that everybody’s a freaking Thug in Chicago. So sad Sir that your mind thinks that way. There’s an old saying that my mama used to say. ” it’s better to appear to be an idiot than to open up your mouth and remove all doubt”.

      • Chuck

        Everyone is Chicago is a thug, thug!

        • Shaunatate

          So did you ever find out if you were correct?

  • Maria Perez-Millington

    That is just sickening! Some people are just so damn sick in the mind!!! Especially since it is a woman shooter!!! She had to know that kids were running around and could have gotten shot too! I hope they find her!

  • Claudia Watson

    This is so sad and heart breaking. I guess human life doesn’t matter anymore to people. I see the comments and so people making jokes or saying mean hurtful things. But this has to stop. Most people claim to be God fearing but hate another human. “God loves all his children. He give his only son so that WE could be saved. !!” He didn’t say just whites nor black . He didn’t say just men or women. “He said all his children!!” People need to realize that.. All this hate in the world needs to stop.. We are all children of God… I pray for these families and the world. All this evil has to go..