CHICAGO — Five people were killed, and at least 19 others injured in shootings in Chicago over the weekend.
Two girls — ages 11 and 12 — were among those injured and are on life support.
One girl was shot in West Englewood around 7:15 p.m. Saturday.
12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers was playing basketball on the playground at Henderson Elementary School when she was shot in the neck.The bullet severed her spinal cord.
Thirty minutes later, 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was sitting in a minivan with her family near 65th and King Drive, when someone started shooting. Takiya was hit in the head.
Police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an email Monday that the girls were not the intended targets, and they were shot in areas with heavy gang activity by people who were aiming at someone else.
11-year-old Takiya Holmes is a cousin of well-known community activist Andrew Holmes. He’s offering a $1,000 reward for information.
No arrests have been made.
The organization Assata’s Daughters is raising money to support Takiya and her family. To donate, go to: donorbox.org