CHICAGO — Chicago police, community leaders and elected officials are calling for help in finding the person responsible for killing an 8-year-old girl over Labor Day.
During a press conference Friday morning, members of “I’m Telling, Don’t Shoot” announced the group is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the gunman in the fatal shooting.
“Anytime a child loses their life it’s devastating. She wasn’t only a sister, or a daughter — she was a niece and a granddaughter. Every child in our city should feel safe,” said CPD Deputy Chief Yolanda Talley.
According to authorities, police say they’ve made progress in the case, but need help identifying the suspects.
“We have video in our possession, but we need the people to help us,” said CPD Commander Gerald Smith.
Police said just before 6 p.m. Monday near 47th and Union, someone pulled up in a black Charger and fired shots into a vehicle carrying Dajore Wilson, her mother and two others.
Their vehicle was stopped at a red light and the suspects’ vehicle was directly behind it, according to police. When the light turned green, shots were fired into their vehicle where it continued northbound on Union and crashed into a tree.
Dajore was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police say the shooting was gang-related in some way, but Dajore’s father says he does not know anything about that.
The girl’s mother spoke directly to the shooter during a press conference Thursday night:
“I know somebody is sitting at home right now that did this. If you don’t feel something, something is wrong with ya’ll,” said Tracey Holmes, Dajore’s mother.
The Chicago Tribune’s crime numbers report 175 children, under the age of 16, have been shot this year — at least 21 of them dying.