CHICAGO — A nine-year-old girl is dead after she was shot in the head in Portage Park Saturday night.
According to the Chicago Police Department, 43-year-old Michael Goodman approached a group from across the street near the 3500 block of North Long Avenue around 9:40 p.m. and shot the girl in the head.
The girl had just bought ice cream from an ice cream truck, got on her scooter and was headed home when she was shot.
She was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition where she was later pronounced dead. The girl has been identified as 9-year-old Serabi Medina.
Community activist Andrew Holmes met with the child’s father who said he witnessed the entire incident and attempted to take Goodman’s gun away. During the struggle, Goodman was shot in the face and transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Megan Kelley, a neighbor, told the Chicago Sun-Times that Goodman had confronted Sarabi and her father about noise, saying they were being too loud.
“It just didn’t make sense. None of it made sense,” Kelley told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Everybody in the community would just tell him they are just kids having fun playing. Just let them be.”
She told the outlet Sarabi’s mother was killed in a shooting in 2018.
“She was a young, vibrant little girl,” family member Angee Gonzalez Rodriguez told Nexstar’s WGN. “There was no reason for her to die. There was no reason to shoot anyone to begin with, but why a child?”
Goodman was placed into custody and has been charged with first degree murder. He is due in court on Tuesday.
A weapon was recovered on the scene and police are investigating.
Serabi Medina was going to start 4th grade at Reinberg Elementary School this fall.
Chicago Public Schools released the following statement Monday:
“With great sadness, we are devastated at the loss of another young life. The thoughts and condolences of the entire Chicago Public Schools (CPS) family are with all those impacted by this tragedy.”Chicago Public Schools spokesperson