Melissa Ortega was walking with a guardian on Saturday afternoon when they heard gunshots, 据警察. Investigators say the guardian discovered that the child had been struck in the head by a bullet.
The young victim was transported to Stroger Hospital where she died. Neither the girl nor her guardian was the intended target, 警察说.
A 26-year-old man, who police say was the intended target, was coming out of a store when “已知的” offenders fired shots at him, striking him in the lower back, 据警察. He is listed in critical condition at a local hospital, 警察说.
Ortega was a student at the Emiliano Zapata Academy in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, a short distance from where she was shot, according to a statement from the Chicago Teachers Union.
“今晚, our union mourns the loss of another student from one of our school communities. This suffering is becoming all too familiar for many of Chicago’s children and families, who our educators nurture and support every day,” the union said.
“The Chicago Teachers Union sends its love to Melissa’s family and the Zapata Academy community, and wish them peace and healing from this heartbreaking tragedy.”
Chicago Police continue to search for the suspects in this shooting.
“We wake today to the murder of 8-year-old Melissa in Little Village
. Amy and I send our sincerest condolences to this heartbroken family and shattered community
,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot 发推文
Anyone with information on the shooting can call or leave a tip online. A reward of $ 10,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and up to $ 15,000 for a conviction.
“We cannot let fear cause us to lose our humanity. Please come forward so that Melissa’s family will know that there is justice for her,” Lightfoot said.
Shootings in Chicago increased by
11% 在 2021 相比 2020 和 63% 相比 2019 pre-pandemic levels
, according to a report by police