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Chicago Mass Shooting Charges: 4 Men Now Charged In Cornell Square Park Violence That Wounded 13

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Police investigate the scene in Cornell Square Park in Chicago's Back of the Yards where 13 people including a 3-year-old child were shot on September 19, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Police investigate the scene in Cornell Square Park in Chicago's Back of the Yards where 13 people including a 3-year-old child were shot on September 19, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Four men have now been charged in the shooting that wounded 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, on a basketball court in a Chicago park on Sept. 19.

The latest suspects are Tabari Young and Brad Jett, both of them 22 years old. Young and Jett were charged Tuesday morning with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Young, who has been identified in reports as the alleged gunman, and Jett were arrested Sunday night in an abandoned building three blocks from where the shooting took place.

Earlier, on Monday evening, two other men -- Bryon Champ, 21, and Kewane Gatewood, 20 -- were charged in connection with the mass shooting though it was noted that neither was the gunman.

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The four suspects charged Monday and Tuesday in the Chicago mass shooting, clockwise from upper left: Byron Champ, Kewane Gatewood, Brad Jett and Tabari Young.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police believe the shooting was retaliation for a minor graze wound Gatewood sustained earlier the same day during an unreported skirmish between rival gang members in the 5200 block of South Paulina.

In a Tuesday morning press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy reiterated previous reports that a military-grade weapon was used in the shooting. He noted that Champ was convicted last year of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to go to a brief boot camp program at Cook County Jail, rather than prison, even though he was on probation for a prior felony.

"If Bryon Champ was not on the street, as he shouldn't have been, this incident likely wouldn't have happened," Chicago's top cop said.

According to the Associated Press, Young has more than a dozen previous arrests on his rap sheet.

McCarthy added the investigation remains ongoing and is "not even close to getting finished."

In a statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel reiterated McCarthy's call for harsher sentences for Chicago offenders in the wake of the Back of the Yards tragedy -- specifically "a three-year minimum penalty for illegally carrying a gun on our streets."

Meanwhile, 3-year-old Deonta Howard remains hospitalized while he recovers from being shot in the face. The Rev. Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church posted an updated photo of Deonta from the hospital Tuesday morning:

An aunt told ABC Chicago that Deonta -- known as "Tay-man" -- is now walking, talking and eating. The condition of the 12 other victims in the shooting is believed to be improving as well.

Police have said both murders and shootings in Chicago are down -- 20 and 22 percent respectively -- this year compared to 2012, based on numbers released Monday.

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