CHICAGO – An 11-year-old girl was among over 50 shot over the weekend and CPD. Supt. Brown said “gang culture” is driving the violence.
Officers said the girl was shot in the lower back around 9 p.m. after an unidentified occupant of a red vehicle opened fire in the 11700 block of S. Michigan. Police said she was visiting Chicago from out of town.
The girl was taken to Roseland Hospital in serious condition by a family member, police stated. She has since been stabilized.
The girl is one of over 50 people who were shot in Chicago this weekend, with six people having died from their injuries.
Early Sunday morning, eight people were shot while standing on a sidewalk in Chatham.
Two teens, a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, passed away over the weekend after they were critically wounded recently in separate shootings.
On Monday, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown was quick to push back on questions about the department being understaffed.
“Much of the violence is that we seen over this weekend and throughout this year in driven by a gang culture,” Brown said.
With more than 12,000 officers on the force, Brown said he’s focused on the big picture than a couple of weekends. He claimed murders are up five percent over the last year with shootings up 17 percent — lower numbers than usual.
“There’s no celebration here, we’re just trying to cast some context,” Brown said. “From a macro perspective, that’s a downward trend that we obviously want going to keep going downward.”
No suspects are in custody at this time in the shooting of the 11-year-old girl. Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.