September 23rd, 2013
01:48 PM ET

Basketball Tournament Shows Peace Is Possible In Chicago

After the latest round of bloody gun violence in Chicago, the Governor of Illinois suggests bringing in the national guard, but Saturday, there was one example of hope.

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

After last week's reportedly gang-related mass shooting at a city park where three-year-old Deonta Howard and 12 others were hit with bullets, rival gangs found a way to come together: basketball.

Called the Peace Tournament, the gang basketball games included NBA stars Derrick Rose and Isiah Thomas pushing for peace.

The event was run by Father Michael Pfleger, who's spent the past 30 years trying to stop gang violence.

Pfleger says "I want to just balance this. There was this horrible thing of violence on Thursday and wonderful thing of peace on Saturday."

The numbers of Chicago homicides are actually down compared to last year by 21 percent.

But nobody will argue that when a three-year-old is shot in a park with an assault rifle there's a major problem that needs to be solved.

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