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Parents rattled, calling for safety measures after 23 shots were fired near St. Rita High School first year baseball game

CHICAGO (CBS) – Parents on Friday described a scary experience when 23 shots were fired near two high school baseball games and a court hit on Chicago’s southwest side the night before.

As CBS 2 investigator Megan Hickey reported, no one was injured when the shots were fired a few steps from the baseball field from St. Louis. Rita from Cascia High School on South Western Avenue. But at least six cars were hit by bullets and the incident has caused many players and their families to rattle.

Some parents are asking for safety measures to be taken.

It was 5.15 pm on Thursday, and the first-year and university matches were underway. Video from the excavation of the baseball game between St. Rita Freshman Mustangs and Marmion Academy show everyone’s delayed reaction.

“Very disturbing – very disturbing for the lack of respect for human life; the value of human life,” said the mother of a university player who was on the pitch.

Players fell to the ground as soon as they recognized what they heard.

Hickey spoke to several parents about their terrifying experience watching from the stands Thursday night. Most did not want to be identified due to security issues.

“It took a minute, I think, for myself to deal with what was going on,” the player’s mother said. “I have never experienced violent shots. The boys on the field hit the ground.”

At the same time as the shots were fired, St. Rita’s granddaughter Sabrina Johnson that her grandchildren were across the street.

“Suddenly they saw this car drive up and they started shooting at McDonald’s so they started popping and all that sort of thing,” Johnson said. “So it was really scary.”

St. Rita is located at 7740 S. Western Ave. The shot was heard at McDonald’s drive-thru steps away at 7832 S. Western Ave.

Some parents said they have long had safety issues with McDonald’s in particular. They advocate for a barrier of some sort between McDonald’s parking lot and St. Rita’s baseball field just behind.

“It just can not be: ‘OK, yes, no one was injured or killed. We just go on and on where we left off,'” the player’s mother said. “It needs to be solved.”

We contacted McDonald’s about their request. McDonald’s franchise owner operator Vincent Hale issued this statement:

“We are deeply saddened by this incident that took place in our parking lot and are grateful that there was no personal injury. We are excited to discuss how we can work with St. Rita’s on the safety of our restaurant and their school.”

St. Rita declined our request for an interview on camera, but sent us a statement from interim president deacon John Donahue, in which he said:

“Yesterday’s incident in our neighborhood was disturbing and a sad reminder that violence can occur anywhere at any time. We thank our security staff and law enforcement for their prompt response. We remain fully committed to the safety of our students, faculty , staff, parents, and guests. “

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