A 10-year-old girl was killed Saturday night in Logan Square after she was struck in the head by a stray bullet that came through a second-floor apartment window, according to Chicago police.
The 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.
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.
She was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said, and was later pronounced dead there.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot lives about five blocks north of where the shooting took place.
No arrests have been made, police said. Area Five detectives are investigating.
The girl’s cousin was hit in the face by glass but was not shot, police said. She was taken to Norwegian Memorial Hospital in good condition.
The girl was the second child killed Saturday. A 1-year-old boy named Sincere Gaston was killed earlier in Englewood when he was shot while in his car seat.
At a press conference after the 1-year-old died, but before the 10-year-old was shot, reporters asked Chicago police Chief Fred Waller if Chicago should expect more children killed this summer.
“To expect kids to get killed, is that, that’s the question you asked me? Should we expect kids to be killed? We never expect that. No one has an expectation of anything like that,” he said.
Less than two hours after the 10-year-old girl was shot, an 8-year-old girl’s head was grazed by a bullet in a similar manner in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said. She was 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.
The 8-year-old girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in fair condition, police said. It’s unknown where the shots were fired from and no arrests have been made.
At the scene of the 10-year-old’s shooting Saturday night, police tape stretched across the intersection of Dickens and Drake Avenue. Evidence markers were placed in an alley behind houses on the north side of Dickens, and on Drake.
A group of men stood by an open garage inside the crime scene tape as evidence technicians took photos of the scene.
On Dickens, several families came out of their ag8亚集团官方网站homes to look at the scene. Many had young children with them.
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 been filled with fireworks.
“We didn’t think anything of it at first because of the fireworks until we saw the cops outside,” she said. “There wasn’t commotion.”
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. She said she is aware of gang activity in the area, but it never seemed to get too close.
Her part of the neighborhood is a working-class Latino community, she said. Every other house seems to have children.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, she started taking her 7-year-old son outside at night to ride his scooter because there were fewer people outside, she said. They would often go right by where the shooting occurred. Now, she said, 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.
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Victor Sanchez, 62, was sitting on his porch when he heard the shots, he said. It was intertwined with the fireworks, but they were more rapid so they stood out.
His first thought was that 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 and then officers in his alley with flashlights.