Three more youngsters were killed in another shattering weekend of gun violence in Chicago, one week after five children were fatally shot and a week ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.
A 10-year-old girl, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Lina Nunez, was struck in the head by a stray bullet that came through a second-floor apartment window in Logan Square, according to Chicago police. She was the second young child shot and killed Saturday.
Earlier, police said Sincere Gaston, a 20-month-old boy, died after he was shot in a car seat while riding with his mom in the Englewood neighborhood.
Also on Saturday, a 17-year-old boy, identified as Antiwon Douglas, was fatally shot before noon in the Humboldt Park neighborhood after he became embroiled in a fight with someone in a “large crowd,” police said.
The deaths marked a bloody Saturday, in which eight people, including the children, were killed in separate shootings. By Sunday morning, four more fatal shootings added to the according to a review of crime statistics. Ninety-six of those occurred during a 28-day stretch that covered most of June, the statistics show.
The 10-year-old girl and her 8-year-old cousin were sitting in the front room of an apartment in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue when a man fired multiple shots in the alley across the street, police said, citing preliminary information. The 8-year-old’s face was struck with glass.
Two groups of men may have been firing at each other, police said, possibly including someone firing from a vehicle. It’s unclear which party fired the bullet that hit the girl. No arrests have been made, police said, and detectives are investigating.
At the scene of the 10-year-old’s shooting Saturday night, police tape stretched across the intersection of Dickens and North Drake Avenue. Evidence markers were placed in an alley behind houses on the north side of Dickens, and on Drake.
Several families on Dickens, many with young children, came out of their ag8亚集团官方网站homes to look at the scene.
One 23-year-old neighbor, who asked not to be named, said she heard five to seven gunshots back to back but the night had also been filled with fireworks. Her part of the neighborhood is a working-class Latino community, she said, and every other house seems to have children.
She heard gunshots in a nearby alley about two weeks ago but said she had never felt unsafe on the block in her three years of living there. Because of fewer people outside with the pandemic, she started taking her 7-year-old son out at night to ride his scooter, she said. Often right by where the shooting occurred.
Now, it feels unsafe to take him outside.
“All of the violence going on, and it’s affecting the children more than anything — innocent bystanders being hurt,” she said.
Victor Sanchez, 62, was sitting on his porch when he heard the shots, he said. He thought someone fired some sort of celebratory shots in the air — until he heard an ambulance outside his ag8亚集团官方网站home and saw police lights flashing on his garage.
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“It’s an isolated incident as far as I’m concerned. I hope so anyway,” Sanchez said. “It’s sad. It’s really troubling because there’s just too many guns out there and they’re in the wrong hands.”
Less than two hours after the 10-year-old girl was shot and her cousin injured, another 8-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet on her head in the West Englewood neighborhood. She was also indoors, sitting on a couch inside a ag8亚集团官方网站home in the 6600 block of South Wood Street, when a bullet came through the window, police said.
That 8-year-old girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in fair condition, police said.
In fatal Sunday shootings, a 19-year-old man was walking about 7 a.m. near the 1400 block of West Lunt Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood when an unknown male approached him and fired one gunshot in the back of the man’s head. The gunman ran to a black SUV that traveled west on Lunt toward Clark Street, police said. The 19-year-old was transported to Amita Health St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead, ities said.
About 15 minutes later in the South Chicago neighborhood, an 18-year-old man was shot multiple times in the torso in the 8200 block of South Escanaba Avenue, police said. He made it to the 8300 block of South Muskegon Avenue, where officers responded and offered aid. He was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he later died, according to police.
Around 8:30 a.m., a 38-year-old man was walking in a South Lawndale alley in the 2500 block of South Troy Street when an SUV approached the alley and an unknown male exited the vehicle and shot the man multiple times. He was pronounced dead on the scene, officials said.