Police search for suspects after girls, 6 and 14, shot on West Side

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CHICAGO -- Two innocent girls were wounded in a drive-by shooting on the city’s West Side Sunday night, during a violent night that saw at least 10 people shot in Chicago.

The two young sisters were sitting in the backseat as their older sister drove them all home from Bubbleland, a West Side laundromat, just before 9 p.m. Sunday. When they stopped at a red light near North and Cicero, police say another vehicle pulled up, and someone inside flashed gang signs and started firing.

The14-year-old sister was struck in the leg, while the six-year-old was shot in the ankle. Both girls were treated at Stroger Hospital, and authorities say they are in good condition and expected to recover.

"There’s been a lot of shooting lately," neighbor Quantell Russell said. “People can’t even go to the store after they come from the laundromat. It’s like Chicago has turned into a war zone.”

Neighborhood resident Matthew Jaskot says he was near the corner of Kilpatrick and North when he heard the gunfire and witnessed the aftermath.

"I heard like six shots, then the cops all came, they put the little things down, because there was bullets over here,” Jaskot said, describing the scene as police closed the intersection to catalog evidence.

Bridget McKinley says she has lived in the Hermosa neighborhood on the West Side for more than 30 years, and has seen it decline.

“It has truly, truly, truly gone downward,” McKinley said. "When it does happen close to your home, it frightens you, but ... I’m sad to say that you become so anesthetized to things that happen around you, it shocks you and it doesn’t.”

No one has been arrested in this case so far.



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