'The past 24 hours have been extremely painful’: Mayor comments after uptick in juvenile shootings


CHICAGO —Mayor Lightfoot took to Twitter to say gun violence of juveniles in the past day has been extremely painful. 

Eight children have been shot, half accidentally, prompting the mayor to make a statement.

“Adults are failing these children. We cannot normalize child and teens with guns. We need more supports, more love and more accountability,” she said.

Authorities are investigating after a 14-year-old girl was shot Saturday afternoon in Little Village.

Just before 12:15 p.m., police were dispatched to the 2400 block of South Troy on the report of a shooting.

Police said a 14-year-old girl sustained a gunshot wound to the cheek. The girl was with a 15-year-old boy who allegedly was handling the gun when it discharged.

Police said the shooting appears accidental but are still investigating the circumstances of how the gun discharged. The 15-year-old boy is in police custody.

The 14-year-old girl was transported in fair condition to Cook County Hospital.

Three other juveniles were shot in accidental shootings this weekend.

An 11-year-old boy is in critical condition after his 7-year-old sister accidentally shot him yesterday in North Lawndale.

On Friday night, an 8-year-old boy and a 12-year girl were accidentally shot by their relative, who is a juvenile, after he was playing around with a gun, police said. The shooting took place in the 3100 block of West Filmore.

The boy and girl were transported to Comer in fair condition.

Also on Friday, three teen girls were among six shot on the South Side.

Chicago police said a shooting happened inside an apartment on the 6500 block of South King Drive around 9 p.m. Police said the shooting spilled out into the hallway, leading to six people getting shot.

The people were at a gathering at an apartment on the third floor of the Parkway Gardens Apartment buildings.


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