An 11-year-old girl was shot in the lower back Sunday night in the West Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s Far South Side, police said, among at least 60 people shot over the weekend in Chicago, six of them fatally.
The shooting happened about 9 p.m. near 117th Street and Indiana Avenue when, according to police, witnesses said they saw someone open fire from a red vehicle. The girl was taken by a family member to Roseland Community Hospital and was said to be in serious condition, police said.
Family members or family friends of the girl gathered outside the emergency department at the hospital Sunday night. One person told the Tribune it appears the girl was going to be OK, but neither she nor others outside the hospital would provide further information.
At a news conference Monday, Chicago police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said the girl had stabilized. He said she is from out of town, and was in a car when she was shot.
“She was sitting in a car when another car drove by. Gunshots were fired and she was struck,” Deenihan said. “The investigation is very active right now. Obviously, detectives are looking to speak to more people, looking for videos.”
The girl was among at least 60 people shot over between 3 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday in Chicago, according to data compiled by the Tribune from police information.
Also Sunday night a 15-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg about 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Police said Monday morning that the boy was shot in the 13000 block of South Evans Avenue in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood, after initially saying he was shot at an address in the Rosemoor neighborhood.
The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital for treatment, and initially had his condition stabilized, police said. He told police he was standing outside when he heard several gunshots and felt pain from being shot.
No one was reported killed in shootings Sunday night into Monday morning, after eight people were reported shot in one attack about 4 a.m. in the Burnside neighborhood near 89th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.
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Police said no one was in custody in the shootings.
Through Sunday, there were 269 homicides in Chicago, a 5% increase over the same time last year when 256 people were slain across the city, according to official Chicago Police Department statistics. But the total number of people shot in the city, non-fatally and fatally, has jumped by double digits over last year.
At Monday’s news conference, police Superintendent David Brown said broadly blamed much of violence on gangs and retaliatory violence.
“Much of the violence we see in Chicago is about the gang cultures, revenge, retaliation and street justice,” Brown said, adding that those factors will only destroy more lives if they are not curtailed.
He tried to put a positive spin on the violence statistics, however, saying earlier this year the percentage increase in homicides over 2020 was higher than it is now.
“Our challenge is we need to trail off in the summer,” Brown said.
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