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4 Charged in Chicago Shooting That Injured 13

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By Brett Snider, Esq. on September 24, 2013 12:56 PM

Four men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the Chicago mass shooting that left 13 people injured, including a 3-year-old boy, last week.

Investigators say Tabari Young, 22, and Bryon Champ, 21, opened fire on a crowd at a basketball court on Chicago's South Side on Thursday night. Two other men, ages 22 and 20, allegedly served as a lookout and gun supplier, The Associated Press reports.

As the investigation reveals more about the Chicago shooting, what charges await the four suspected perpetrators?

Charges May Lead to Life Sentences

The four arrested Tuesday have been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery for shooting and injuring 13 people in Cornell Square Park, reports the AP.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Champ had been grazed by a bullet the day of the shooting. He allegedly shot into the park -- the territory of a rival gang -- in retaliation for his injury.

Thankfully, no one was killed when Champ and Young sprayed the basketball court with high-powered rounds, including some which are typical in AK-47 rifles, reports the AP.

Depending on how the court views responsibility for the injuries in the shooting, each shooter could potentially face a minimum of 45 years in prison or even a life sentence if convicted.

Call for Change to Gun Laws

Part of the controversy of this Chicago shooting is how Young and Champ managed to obtain such dangerous weapons in face of state gun laws. It may not be a coincidence that Illinois only recently rolled back a ban on the public carrying of firearms.

The Tribune reports that Champ, the alleged shooter with a gang vendetta, had been convicted of unlawful gun use and possession in 2012. He was sentenced to "boot camp" in lieu of jail.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel cited the incident as a call for "a three-year minimum penalty for illegally carrying a gun," hoping to prevent future Chicago shootings, the AP reports.

For now, alternative sentencing is still alive and well in Chicago's criminal system. It seems likely, however, that the four involved in this shooting will see at least some prison time.

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