Emanuel Cancels Booker Rally After 13 Shot in Chicago Park

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A police officer stands guard outside a home where a man was shot in the chest in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city’s Westside on September 20, 2013 in Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel canceled a campaign rally for Newark Mayor Cory Booker after a gang-related shooting in a Chicago park left 13 people injured. Booker is the Democratic shoo-in to win an open U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey.

Tom Alexander, a spokesman for Emanuel, said he’s returning to the city in the wake of the shooting that left a 3-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the New York Times. Chicago, which has about half the population of New York, saw more than 500 homicides in 2012, the highest of any U.S. city, the paper said.

Emanuel, a Democrat, was scheduled to appear with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop this evening in that city to rally Democrats. Booker, who is scheduled to be in California for a fundraiser this evening, issued an email this morning notifying the media and supporters of the cancellation.

“He’s on his way back right now,” Alexander said.

As the Washington Navy Yard shooting revives the debate on gun control in the U.S., Booker is dealing with his own issues involving gun crime in New Jersey’s most populous city. Newark logged its 10th killing in as many days on Sept. 4, hours after Booker announced stepped-up police patrols to combat the violence, Bloomberg’s Elise Young reported.

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