Chicago Sun-Times

3-YEAR-OLD GIRL SHOT IN WEST EN­GLE­WOOD

- BY SAM KELLY AND SAM CHARLES Sam Kelly is a CST Wire Re­porter. Sam Charles is a Sun-Times Staff Re­porter.

A 3-year-old girl was shot Tues­day while she was out­side in West En­gle­wood, au­thor­i­ties said.

The girl was struck by a bul­let in the up­per torso be­fore 8 p.m. near 70th Street and Da­men Av­enue, po­lice and fire of­fi­cials said.

The girl was in a yard or on a porch when she was hit by shots fired from a ve­hi­cle, po­lice said.

She was taken to Comer Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in “crit­i­cal but sta­ble” con­di­tion, of­fi­cials said.

“This can­not be our new nor­mal, peo­ple,” Chicago po­lice Chief of Oper­a­tions Fred Waller said at the scene Tues­day night. “Our ba­bies are be­ing shot. These are our ba­bies.”

Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the girl’s shoot­ing was re­lated to an in­ci­dent less than 30 min­utes ear­lier when a 15-year-old boy was wounded by gun­fire less than a halfmile away. The teen was in the 7100 block of South Honore when he was shot in the calf and but­tocks. He was taken to Comer Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in good con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The girl was the lat­est vic­tim in a rash of shoot­ings that have left chil­dren and teens dead or wounded across the city.

In fact, she was the fourth child age 3 or younger to be shot in Chicago in the last 10 days. Two of those four died. Sev­eral teens also have been killed in the last two weeks.

 ?? TYLER LARIVIERE/SUN-TIMES ?? Chicago po­lice in­ves­ti­gate late Tues­day in the 7100 block of South Da­men, the area where a 3-year-old girl was shot.
TYLER LARIVIERE/SUN-TIMES Chicago po­lice in­ves­ti­gate late Tues­day in the 7100 block of South Da­men, the area where a 3-year-old girl was shot.

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