An 8-year-old girl was killed and two adults were seriously injured after being shot in Chicago while traveling in a car on the south side of town.
The shooting occurred shortly before 6 pm. In Cannaryville, Chicago Police Chief Operations Officer Brian McDermott said.
Police said the girl was with her mother and two other adults in a Subaru 4×4 when they stopped at a red light on 47th Street and Union Street, behind a Dodge Charger.
Once the stoplight turned green, authorities noticed that someone in the charger then shot, hitting the child, a 31-year-old man, and a 30-year-old woman.
The charger then turned back and fled the area.
McDermott said the girl was taken to Kummer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
“I stand before you sad and angry that another child lost his life in senseless acts of armed violence in the city of Chicago,” he told reporters at the scene.
Chicago fire officials said the man and woman were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, with each shot in the back.
McDermott said the mother of the killed child was also injured in the accident. She was transferred to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released details regarding the child’s death. The girl was the sixth child aged 10 and younger to be killed in Chicago since late June, according to data from the Chicago Sun-Times.
As of late, at least seven people were killed and 44 others injured in shootings across Chicago during the Labor Day holiday.
So far in 2020, figures from the Chicago Tribune show that at least 175 children aged 16 or younger have been shot in the nation’s third largest city, with at least 21 of them dead. Overall, more than 2,850 people have been shot in Chicago this year, at least 464 of them dead.