A 7-year-old girl was slain and her 6-year-old sister was badly injured after a gunman opened fire on the parked car in which they were sitting over the weekend, according to Chicago police.
During a press conference, Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Brian McDermott stated that the incident occurred on West Grand Avenue on Sunday afternoon.
“To say that I am sad and outraged would be an understatement,” he said. “I can only hope that every resident of this city is as angry and outraged as I am at this time.
“Too many people have lost their lives to senseless gun violence in the city of Chicago.”
McDermott said police don’t believe the girls or their mother were the intended target and are unsure if there was just one shooter. The girls, he said, were sitting in the back seat when they were shot.
The 7-year-old died at a hospital and her younger sister is “fighting for her life,” he said.
“We owe it to the families to bring these violent offenders who have no respect for human life to justice,” McDermott said.
Over the weekend, at least six people were killed in Chicago and more than 40 others were injured in shootings in the city, WMAQ-TV reported.
According police department crime statistics, there were 478 homicides before the weekend, compared to 468 at the same point in 2020, a 2% increase. It’s a 57% increase over the same period in 2019.