3-Year-Old Girl Shot In West Englewood

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 3-year-old girl was shot in West Englewood Tuesday evening, officials said.

The shooting happened in the 7000 block of South Damen Avenue just before 8 p.m.

The child was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in serious, but stable, condition, according to the Fire Department.

Further information was not immediately available.

At least seven other children age 10 or under have been shot in the last two weeks.

This past weekend alone, 65 people were shot and 17 people were killed. Among them was 1-year-old Sincere Gaston, who was shot in the chest while he was in the back seat of his mother’s car in the 6000 block of South Halsted Street in Englewood on Saturday afternoon,

Hours later, 10-year-old Lena Nunez was killed by a stray bullet that went through an apartment window in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue in Logan Square.

Also Saturday, police responded to another shooting more than an hour later in the West Englewood neighborhood where an 8-year-old girl was grazed in the head. Police say she was sitting on the couch at home near 66th and Wood streets when a stray bullet went through the window. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in fair condition.

One week ago Saturday, 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot and killed while riding in an SUV with his stepfather on the 600 block of North Central Avenue. The 27-year-old 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 pronounced dead at the same hospital.

On June 17, a 9-year-old girl was among four people shot in the 1300 block of West 76th Street in Auburn Gresham. The girl was shot in the right leg and was reported in good condition at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital. Men ages 31, 25 and 19 were also wounded in that incident.

On June 18, a 5-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks in the 700 block of West 50th Place in Back of the Yards and was taken to a local hospital. A 19-year-old man was also wounded in that shooting.

A week ago Monday, a 3-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet in Chicago Lawn. The girl and a 33-year-old woman were outside a home at 6521 S. Claremont Ave. when someone in a tan vehicle fired shots from inside, police said. The girl was grazed by a bullet and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition. The woman was not shot.

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