Republican ticket for Illinois governor slams Pritzker and Lightfoot after mass shooting in Chicago park

Two people died and seven others were injured after a shooting in Washington Park on Tuesday night.

Now Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey is asking Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to reverse what he calls their pro-criminal agenda and support policies that put public safety first.

Top cop in town says it was a personal dispute with gang ties. The argument began between two groups around 7:45 p.m. at 55th and South King Drive.

More than 40 casings were recovered and an automatic weapon is believed to have been used in the shooting.


Stephanie Trussell, candidate for lieutenant governor, calls the governor.

“Real people, black people are paying the price for JB Pritzker’s radical and criminal policies,” Trussell said.

Bailey says he’s committed to making Chicago safer.

“JB, how many more black families have to cry before they recognize that black lives really matter? How many parents have to choose caskets when they should be choosing clothes for school,” Bailey said.

Lionel Coward, 43, was shot and injured in the back of the head, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was found in critical condition by rescuers and later died.

Another man, 20, was shot multiple times and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died.

No one is in custody for the shooting and some victims are not cooperating with the investigation.

A reward of $15,000 is offered for information. You can call 833-408-0069 anonymously.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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