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Updated: September 12, 2014 6:26AM

Bud Billiken Parade organizers on Sunday bemoaned local media focus on the shooting of two teenagers at the event instead of the celebration.

“It’s a shame to waste that time on a minor incident that occurred,” parade organizer Beverly Reed-Scott said at a news conference Sunday afternoon at the corner of 42nd Street and Martin Luther King Drive.

The parade, an end-of-summer celebration sponsored by Chicago Defender Charities, saw its first shooting Saturday in its 85-year history.

An 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were shot while standing in the 4200 block of South King Drive along the parade route. Both victims survived and at least one was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

“I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the first shooting ever to occur during the Bud Billiken parade, that is negatively impacting a great tradition in the Bronzeville community,” Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) said in a statement Sunday. “After a thoughtful review, I look forward to discussing how we can confront the violence that is gripping our community and ensure the future of the Bud Billiken parade.”

Asked if she thought the media not covering violence would make a difference, Reed-Scott said: “Absolutely.”

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