A 7-year-old girl died Saturday after being shot while attending a July 4 family party in the Austin neighborhood, the third consecutive weekend in which a boy under the age of 10 has been the victim of gun violence. .
The girl was playing on a sidewalk around 7 p.m. in the 100 block of North Latrobe when three men got out of a white car and fired more than 20 rounds toward the people organizing the party, a group that included many children. , cops said.
The girl, identified by the family as Natalie Wallace, received a blow to the forehead and a 32-year-old man was injured.
Natalie was taken to Stroger Hospital but was later pronounced dead, police said.
“On a day when families should celebrate, have a good time, spend time together, they took away a 7-year-old girl,” said Chicago Police Chief of Operations Fred Waller.
Waller said police had good video evidence of the scene but did not offer details.
“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were shattered by the barrel of a gun,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement on Twitter. “We cannot fall asleep with this. We are making progress in decreasing the shooting, but we have to do better, each one of us. “
The family said that Natalie was fun, open and loved being outside. He loved posing for photos and rushed to kiss her cheek.
“For his life to be destroyed, for no reason, it is ridiculous,” said his father, Nathan Wallace, outside Stroger Hospital.
The girl was visiting her grandmother’s house for the family party when more than 20 shots rang out, police said.
“There were children who were cycling. . . enjoying the Fourth of July, as they should have been, “Waller said.
The injured man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the ankle and a leg injury. It was in good condition, police said.
Dozens of garbage cans littered the street as block residents sat on their porches watching police officers work, and a steady stream of fireworks crackled in the sky.
A week earlier, Sincere A. Gaston, 1, died when someone opened fire on his mother’s car while driving home from a laundry in Englewood.
The week before that, 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot dead while riding in an SUV with his father in Austin when someone shot them from another vehicle.