CHICAGO (CBS) — Angry relatives and neighbors were demanding answers Monday night, hours after a 3-year-old girl was shot in Chicago Lawn.
And she was not the only young victim of gun violence over the weekend.
“One of my family members got shot. A baby a kid. A little girl,” said the girl’s aunt, Jaye. “Shooting these innocent kids, y’all need to be shot and hung.”
The shooting happened at 6521 S. Claremont Ave. around 3:05 p.m.
The girl and a 33-year-old woman were outside a home when someone in a tan vehicle fired shots from inside, police said.
The girl was grazed in the back by a bullet and was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition, police said.
The woman was not shot.
“I’m in a state of rage right now,” Jaye said. “A state of rage.”
This incident came two days after a 3-year-old boy was killed in a shooting on the city’s West Side.
Mekhi James, 3, was shot in the back at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of North Central Avenue at Huron Street and later died, police said. The boy’s stepfather, 27, was driving south when someone in a blue Honda fired shots at his sport-utility vehicle.
The stepfather, who police believed to be the target of the shooting, suffered a graze wound to the abdomen and drove to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. Mekhi was later pronounced dead at the same hospital.
On Monday night at St. Sabina Church, 1210 W. 78th Pl., mothers and relatives who have lost family to shootings came together.
“Somebody shot and killed my baby and he ended up dead in the gangway,” said Johneece Cobb, who lost her nephew to gun violence.
This past weekend, there were more than 100 people shot in Chicago – including at least 12 minors. Five of those children or teens did not survive.
“He was shot several times,” said Yolanda Addison, the mother of Toby Boens, who was shot and killed late Sunday in the 800 block of North Springfield Avenue in the Humboldt Park community.
Boens was a dad himself, and he was shot and killed on Father’s Day.
“What really hurts me the most – I didn’t get to see him to tell him that I love him hug him,” Addison said.
Chicago Police on Monday night were still looking for whoever shot the 3-year-old girl. Neighbors said she was alert and talking, and she was last reported in good condition.