CHICAGO — At least 51 people were shot, 10 fatally, in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend.
In one of the latest incidents, an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed and two adults were critically injured in a drive-by shooting on the South Side Monday night.
The 8-year-old has been identified by the medical examiner as Dajore Wilson.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown spoke of the tragic shooting during a press conference Tuesday morning.
“Getting notified about another child being the victim of gun violence is one of the most painful experiences, not only as a law enforcement professional — but also as a parent,” Brown said.
Police say they are searching for a black, newer model Dodge Charger in this shooting.
The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. near 47th Street and Union Avenue. Police say someone fired shots into a vehicle carrying Dajore, her mother and two others.
Police said the victims’ vehicle was stopped at a red light and the suspects’ vehicle was directly behind it. When the light turned green, shots were fired into the victims’ 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.
Two adults, a man and a woman, were critically wounded in the back. Dajore’s mother was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital in good condition.
Police said they believe the gunman was targeting the 31-year-old man inside the vehicle with Dajore.
No one is in custody.
In a separate incident this weekend, one person was killed and three others were injured in an Avalon Park shooting.
Police said two people were in a red Nissan sedan near the 8400 block of South Creigier Avenue when a pair of gunmen approached on foot and opened fire, killing one person.
One of the victims had a valid weapons permit and returned fire on the gunmen, wounding them both.
Chicago police have released the following statement in regards to the shooting:
“We’re all saddened and angered by this. The Chicago Police Department has recovered over 7000 guns this year. Our officers are getting shot, and shot at an record base. We’re out there every single day, doing our best to protect the citizens of the city and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Chicago police.