12 People Shot in Chicago on Tuesday, Including 6-Year-Old Girl
After a weekend of violence in Chicago that left 55 people shot, at least 12 more were shot on Tuesday—two fatally.
The shootings took place on Chicago’s West and South sides.
At around 6:40 p.m. local time, 38-year-old Anthony J. Nicholas was standing on the 6700 block of South East End when a man walked up to him and opened fire, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office told the Chicago Sun-Times. The two men lived on the same block.
Nicholas was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.
A 26-year-old man was shot while driving in West Ridge early on Wednesday morning, according to DNAInfo.
In a separate incident, a 6-year-old girl, Tacarra Morgan, was hit by a stray bullet as she was sitting on her front porch on Tuesday afternoon in West Englewood, the Sun-Times reported. She’s in critical condition.
Chicago Police spokesman John Escalante said a white SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire on people standing on street. The people fled on foot, while the shooter continued to shoot.
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“Shots were fired southbound, and unfortunately this poor little girl just happened to be out in front of her house,” Escalante told the newspaper.
“They had to do surgery on her stomach to remove the bullet,” Tacarra’s grandmother, Johnnie Morris, told the paper. “She’s sedated now. She will be waking up tomorrow morning.”
She said they were sitting on the porch because it was hot inside. “And here come a lot of shots, coming from nowhere and we ran in the house.”
Tacarra is one of a growing number of children who are falling victim to Chicago’s gang-related shootings.
Police records through the end of June 2016 indicated that 15 children younger than 10 were shot—seven more young victims than during the same time last year, according to The Associated Press.
“It’s a shame kids can’t play outside,” Morris told the Sun-Times. “They can’t do anything. Every time I turn on the TV some kid is getting shot.”
Escalante added: “If you’re the average citizen sitting at home and this doesn’t make you angry, then I don’t know what will because a 6-year-old playing on her porch should not have been a victim of this senseless gun violence.”
Media reports said two people were killed and 12 were wounded in shootings on Monday in Chicago.