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2 Dead After Argument Over Parking Spot

Two people are dead and two others were left wounded in a shooting at a Chicago block party overnight. The mother of one of the victims says her son was killed over a parking space.

ABC 7 reports that a group of around 100 people gathered in the 800-block of West 50th Place in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood around 12:20 a.m. Thursday. They were celebrating the life of a man who died at due to gang violence in 2012.

According to a source, 25-year-old Denzel Childs was the aggressor who wouldn’t let a group of girls save a spot for a friend. During the argument, he took out a gun and started shooting at them until an unknown person fatally shot him.

Neighbors said the shooting was petty and unnecessary.

“Some other guy just walked up to him, pulled his gun out and just fired five shots into him,” said Curtis Singleton, a neighbor.

“I’m still numb. I can’t believe it. I mean why? Why couldn’t you just move your car? If somebody’s got to park, why can’t you just drive on by?” said Paula Griffin Golden, Childs’ mother.

Police said four people were shot in sum. A 34-year-old woman was rushed to St. Bernard Hospital after being shot in the neck. She was pronounced dead soon after arrival, police said. They later identified her as Kayana Q. Armond of the 10900-block of South Vernon in Chicago.

Childs was shot in the neck, hand and chest. He was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 25-year-old woman was shot twice in the back. She was taken to Stroger and is in stable condition. A 21-year-old woman by the name of Jaccarra Reeves was shot in the hand. She was taken to St. Bernard, where doctors found the bones in her left hand were shattered.

“These people were people. These were lives. You talking about a parking spot? A parking spot? My daughter. My daughter’s hand has to be reconstructed and we talking about a parking spot?” her mother, Deborah Reeves said. “I’m actually blessed. I’m standing here blessed that my daughter is only having hand surgery when everybody else is shot in the back, neck. They dead. A parking spot?”

A 16-year-old girl who witnessed the incident also died after having an asthma attack at the scene.  The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified her as Jessica Williams, of the 12000-block of South State Street.

No one is in custody.