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7-year-old among 13 killed in weekend shootings in Chicago

Chicago hits 500th homicide of 2016
Posted at 10:51 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 22:51:17-04

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 7-year-old girl at a family party and a 14-year-old boy were among 13 people shot and killed in the city over the Fourth of July weekend.

Police spokesman Tom Ahern says four males opened fire on a large gathering in the street in Englewood just before midnight Saturday, killing the teenage boy and three other males.

Police say the 7-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head while standing on the sidewalk at her grandmother’s house in the Austin neighborhood during a Fourth of July party around 7 p.m.

At least 59 people were shot and wounded over the weekend. The Chicago Sun-Times, citing police, said that seven of those injured in shootings were minors.

In response to violence that has occurred since Memorial Day weekend, police said they would have 1,200 extra officers on the streets for this holiday weekend.