Chicago erupts in July 4th gunfire, 7 yr old girl and 14 yr old boy among those killed

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot shared the following solemn news July 4th evening:

Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun.


Fox32 reports a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot at a Fourth of July party with family Saturday in Austin on the West Side.

The girl was standing on the sidewalk just after 7 p.m. as she stood on the sidewalk in the 100 block of North Latrobe, according to Chicago police, who said at least two shooters got out of a light-colored car and opened fire in her direction.

The girl was at her grandmother’s home celebrating the Fourth of July with family when the car pulled up, CPD Chief of Operations Fred Waller said at a news conference.

She was rushed to Stroger Hospital, but was later pronounced dead, according to police.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not confirmed the death.

A 32-year-old man was also struck by bullets and showed up at Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the ankle and a graze to the leg, police said. He’s in fair condition.

Area Four detectives are investigating.

Fox News reports a 14 year old boy, a 34-year-old woman, a 31-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were also killed earlier Saturday, WLS-TV reported.

The 14-year-old boy was killed in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, in an attack that left three other people dead and four wounded, including boys ages 11 and 15, the Tribune reported.

Four men had walked up to a gathering and started firing shots. They fled and have not been arrested, the newspaper reported.