Three children became victims in gang-related shootings in Chicago this week, all of them shot in the head.
On Saturday, a 12-year-old girl was playing basketball with her friends at an elementary school playground when shots rang out, striking her in the right side of her neck and shattering her spine. She was rushed to the hospital and remains on life support. Doctors say if she does recover, she will probably never walk again.
In a separate incident on the same day but less than a half hour later, an 11-year-old girl was shot in the head while sitting in the back of a minivan with her mother, aunt, and 3-year-old brother. The van was parked outside of the mother’s work and they were waiting on a co-worker as gunfire broke out. That young girl was also put on life support, but died Tuesday morning.
No arrests in either of those shootings have been made.
On Tuesday afternoon, a 2-year-old boy was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting as he sat with his aunt and a 25-year-old man, who was also killed, inside a parked car in an alleyway. The 20-year-old aunt was pregnant and suffered a gunshot wound to her stomach. The deceased man was identified as a known gang member. News reports state the aunt was doing a Facebook Live video when the shooting started.
Superintendent Eddie Johnson said, “We have yet another innocent child that's become a victim of gun violence. Our children should not have to keep paying the price for repeat gun offenders."
At least 21 people were shot in strictly gun-controlled Chicago since the weekend, and at least five victims have died.