Chicago seems to have a ridiculous amount of shootings and crime every 4th of July. This year it was 79 shot, 15 fatally, over Fourth of July weekend in Chicago. Among the victims are a 7-year-old girl fatally shot at a Fourth of July party and a 14-year-boy who was one of four people killed in a shooting that hurt four others. This must be stopped.
Fifteen people were killed and 64 others wounded in shootings across Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. Eleven of the weekend’s victims were minors, and two of the children died from their injuries.
A 14-year-old boy was among four people killed in a shooting that wounded four others Saturday night in Englewood on the South Side.
They were at a large gathering in the street about 11:35 p.m. in the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street when four males walked up and started shooting, according to Chicago police. The 14-year-old boy was hit in the back and pronounced dead at Comer Children’s Hospital.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the boy as Vernado Jones. He lived in West Lawn. Three other male victims were pronounced dead, two at the scene and one at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. Their ages were not immediately known.
An 11-year-old boy with a graze wound to the ankle and a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the abdomen were both taken to Comer in fair condition, police said.
A 35-year-old man shot in the hip, leg, arm and wrist was taken to St. Bernard Hospital and transferred to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. A 29-year-old man shot in the foot was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in fair condition.
Earlier that evening, a 7-year-old girl was killed at a Fourth of July party in Austin on the West Side.
The girl was playing on a sidewalk about 7 p.m. in the 100 block of North Latrobe when three men got out of a white car and shot more than 20 rounds in the direction of the people holding the party, a group which included many children, police said.
The girl, identified by family and the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Natalia Wallace, was struck in the forehead, and a 32-year-old man was injured.
“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.”