13 people have been killed and 54 are wounded in multiple shootings in Chicago over the 4th of July weekend. Among the dead are a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.
Among the victims, there were 9 minors, and two of the children died from their injuries.
On Saturday night, the 14-year-old boy was killed in a shooting that killed 4 others and wounded another 4 in Englewood. Also Read– Armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park
The shooting occurred at 11:35 pm when four males walked up to a large gathering in the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street and started shooting. The boy was hit in the back and pronounced dead at Comer Children’s Hospital. Two other males were pronounced dead at the scene and one male at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
A 35-year-old man was shot in several places and is in critical condition, according to police. A 29-year-old man is in fair condition after being shot in the foot.
Earlier in the evening, a 7-year-old girl was shot in the forehead while playing on the sidewalk at a Fourth of July party in Austin. At around 7 pm a white car drove up to the party and shot 20 rounds in the direction of the partygoers. The group included many children. The girl, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office and family as Natalie Wallace.
“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement on Twitter. “We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.”
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In the afternoon on Sunday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the head in the 8600 block of South Vincennes Avenue in Gresham. He was pronounced dead at the scene.