CHICAGO (CBS)– Three children were wounded in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night near the Wentworth Gardens public housing complex, including a 5-year-old girl who was playing in her front yard.
Tiana Turner said she was sitting outside their home in Wentworth Gardens around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, watching her 5-year-old daughter, Kaidence Lasenby, and other kids enjoy the nice weather when a group of six teenage boys started walking from the Mobil gas station across the street. That’s when someone in a dark-colored car driving down the 200 block of West Pershing Road opened fire.
Police said two boys, ages 15 and 16, were walking in that group on Pershin Road, when someone in the passing car started shooting.
The 15-year-old boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital with gunshot wounds to the face and leg. The older boy was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center with three gunshot wounds to the leg. Both were in fair condition, police said.
A stray bullet struck Kaidence in the leg as she was standing in front of her home with her family. She was taken to Comer in fair condition, but was later released and she was resting at home Wednesday morning.
Kaidence’s mother said the girl and several other children were playing in front of their home when the shooting happened. In the middle of mayhem, Turner didn’t even realize Kaidence had been shot when she started grabbing the children to get them inside.
“She just kept saying ‘My leg! My leg!’” Tiana Turner said. “I thought it was from me dragging her from here to there, so I didn’t even know she had been shot.”
A child’s cries for help after another senseless shooting in Chicago. What was running through Turner’s mind as all of this was happening?
“I was stuck. It was like a movie, it happened so quick,” she said.
Turner took her daughter to the hospital, and watched as her little girl was lifted into an ambulance, unaware she was now a victim of gun violence.
“She just said, ‘They were shooting fireworks?’ but she never knew. She still don’t know what hit her,” Turner said.
This mother of three has made a difficult decision to leave Wentworth Gardens, her home for 24 years since the age of 10, to find a safer environment for her kids.
“We will not be here,” she said. “I planned on moving even before this happened.”
“At some point, you have to leave,” she added
No one was in custody Wednesday morning.