‘We Are All Allowed to be Outraged Today’: Young Girl Among 7 People Killed by Gunfire Over Weekend Across Chicago

(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

A young girl who was killed in a mass shooting Saturday outside a Back of the Yards home was one of at least seven people killed by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend.

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According to the Chicago Police Department, 48 people were shot in separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, marking one of the most violent weekends in the city so far this year.

Those victims included Ariana Molina, the young girl who was killed in a mass shooting that left 10 others injured in the 2000 block of West 52nd Street.

“We are all allowed to be outraged today — a warm, spring day that I am sure this child would have been enjoying with family,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said in a statement. “I am praying for her loved ones and her community as they experience the unimaginable pain of losing a child.”

Three more children and seven adults were injured in what Johnson called a “horrific shooting.”

Department Deputy Chief Don Jerome told reporters Saturday that the Back of the Yards assault happened when shots were fired at a crowd standing outside a family gathering around 9 p.m. Police believe the attack was not a “random act of violence,” but was instead likely gang-related

Elsewhere, a 29-year-old man was fatally shot in the 2600 block of North Sawyer Avenue at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said the victim was struck multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 20-year-old man was killed in the 7700 block of South Union Avenue just after 5:15 p.m. Saturday. He was standing on the sidewalk when two unknown men opened fire from down the street before fleeing in a silver vehicle. The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he later died.

At around that same time, officers discovered a 22-year-old man who had been shot in the 7700 block of South Carpenter Street. He had been struck multiple times and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A 21-year-old woman was killed and a 15-year-old girl was injured after they were shot just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 9300 block of South Bishop Street. According to police, a known woman approached the pair following an argument and pepper sprayed them as they sat in a vehicle. The victims attempted to flee and drove a short distance before the woman approached and opened fire into the vehicle.

The 15-year-old victim was struck in the chest and hospitalized in critical condition, while the 21-year-old was struck in the head and died.

Two men were shot, one fatally, in the 4800 block of West Arthington Street just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. They were standing with a group outside when someone opened fire. A 30-year-old man was killed and a 36-year-old was hospitalized in good condition.

A 23-year-old man was fatally shot in the 3500 block of West Harrison Street at around midnight Sunday morning. He was struck four times and was later pronounced dead.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A Safer City is supported, in part, by the Sue Ling Gin Foundation Initiative for Reducing Violence in Chicago. 

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