Chicago police arrest two, including teen, in shooting death of 8-year-old girl

Xavier Guzman, 27, and an unidentified minor were arrested by the Chicago Police for their involvement in a drive-by shooting in Little Village Saturday that resulted in the death of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega, 狐狸 32 of Chicago reported.

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The teenager pulled the trigger atpurported gang members,” when he shot a 29-year-old man and fatally shot Ortega, who was walking down the street with her mother, 的 Chicago Police 说过, 根据报告.

Our city has been shaken, and no one can make sense of this tragedy,” Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said during a press conference Wednesday, 狐狸 32 已报告. “今天早上, I spoke with Melissa’s mother, in her home, not only to check in on her during this especially tough time, but to also let her know we found the offenders responsible for taking Melissa’s life.

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The 16-year-old was charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted 谋杀, two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm in an occupied vehicle, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon, 警察说, 根据报告, while Guzman, the driver of the car, was charged with murder, attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

The unidentified victim, who was shot in the back twice in the exchange, 幸存下来, the police said. 男人, who was the intended target of the gang-related shooting, is a known gang member who has been arrested 13 times and convicted of two felonies, 狐狸 32 已报告. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for his injuries, 官员说.

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown (盖蒂图片社)

Araceli Leanos, Ortega’s mother, who moved to the 我们. with her daughter just six months ago, shared a statement at the press conference calling the death of her daughtera nightmare.

We imagined a better life here. We came in search of the American dream we so famously hear of, 但反而, I get to live a nightmare for the rest of my life,” Leanos said, 狐狸 32 已报告.

Leanos said she forgives the juvenile shooter.

To the aggressor, I forgive you. You were a victim too. As a 16-year-old, the community failed you, just like it failed my precious baby,” 她说, 根据报告.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot also spoke at the press conference, where she highlighted the continued gang violence plaguing the Little Village area.

文件 - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

文件 – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)

I’ve spoken to too many mothers in that community who have told me they’re afraid, afraid to step outside of their homes, afraid for their lives, afraid the gangs have taken over,” Lightfoot said, 美联社报道.

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