CHICAGO — A 3-year-old child was critically wounded in a shooting Tuesday on Chicago’s South Side.
Police said the shooting occurred just before 8 p.m. near 70th Street and Damen Avenue in West Englewood. The girl’s family said she was playing in the front of the house at the time of the shooting. The family said they heard what they thought were fireworks but was gunfire, and the girl was shot in the chest.
She was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical but stable condition.
The 3-year-old recently celebrated a birthday. Crisis responder Andrew Holmes said the young girl is strong, alert and talking, and told the doctors and nurses not to touch her earrings — which brought a smile to her mother’s face.
Police said witnesses have been cooperating, and that the shooter pulled up in a vehicle.
Police said there is a possibility it is related to a shooting that happened nearby at 71st Street and Honore Street, about 55 minutes earlier. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the rear and one of his calves. Police said whoever shot the 15-year-old was also in a vehicle. The teen is hospitalized in good condition.
No additional information has been released.
This shooting comes days after a violent weekend in Chicago left three children dead.
Sincere Gaston, 20-months-old, was shot in the chest while riding in his car seat near 60th and Halsted on Saturday.
Lena Nunez Anaya, 10, was killed when a stray bullet came through the window of her grandmother’s Logan Square home
Also Saturday, 17-year-old Antiwon Douglas was shot and killed in the Humboldt Park neighborhood during a fight with someone in a large crowd, according to police.
The previous weekend 3-year-old Mekay James was shot and killed while riding in a car in the 600 block of North Central Avenue.