Child killed, 3 others injured in South Shore shooting
CHICAGO (WLS) — Weekend violence continued to claim victims across Chicago over the long holiday weekend.
Fifty-one people were shot, 10 fatally, across Chicago over the weekend from 6 p.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Monday, including an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot Monday while riding in a SUV on the South Side, according to Chicago police.
The girl and three adults were sitting in a Subaru SUV at the stop light on Union Avenue at West 47th Street when police say the gunman’s car intentionally pulled up behind them, targeting someone inside.
“Our victims’ vehicle was parked facing northbound on Union Avenue with the offender’s vehicle directly behind it,” said Chicago Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott. “When the light turned green, the offender’s vehicle immediately opened fire on the victims’ vehicle.”
The girl and two adults inside the SUV suffered gunshot wounds, police said.
“The victims’ vehicle continued northbound on Union and crashed into a tree,” McDermott said.
The 8-year-old girl was taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She has been identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Dajore Wilson.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, CPD Superintendent David Brown expressed condolences to her family.
“Getting notified about another child being a victim of gun violence is one of the most painful experiences, not only as a law enforcement professional, but also as a parent,” Superintendent Brown said.
The superintendent said police have recovered more than 200 illegal guns over the weekend. He also said he would be extending the use of the CPD Summer Mobile Patrol Unit for another 90 days.
At the crime scene, police pointed out on more than one occasion that they, too, are emotionally exhausted by the rate of gun violence in the city, particularly this summer.
Chicago police canceled days off for officers ahead of the holiday weekend and extended shifts to 12 hours to put about 8,000 officers on the street in an effort to stem a tide of violence that typically accompanies long holiday weekends.