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7-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed In South Austin Neighborhood On July 4th Evening – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 7-year-old girl is dead after being shot this 4th of July in the South Austin neighborhood.

The shooting happened in the 100 block of North Waller Avenue. Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Fred Waller said the girl was visiting her grandmother for a family July 4th party.

The girl was playing in her yard at the gathering, in which numerous other children were also playing and riding bicycles, Waller said.

Police said at 7:02 p.m., the girl was on the sidewalk when a light-colored vehicle pulled up and an unknown number of people exited. Those people then took out guns and fired shots in the girl’s direction, police said.

The girl was shot in the forehead, police said. She was transported to Stroger Hospital of Cook County in critical condition. Waller said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A 32-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting, police said. He transported himself to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the ankle and a graze wound to the leg.

Police are looking into whether that man was the target.

“When families should be celebrating, having a good time, spending time together, a 7-year-old girl was taken from us,” Waller said. “A 7-year-old girl who was here visiting her grandmother, visiting her family, and now she’s gone.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday night issued a Twitter thread decrying the shooting.

Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city or as a country? We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

We must stop the violence before it starts by investing in our children, our neighborhoods and our schools.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

We must continue to invest in our street outreach work, in police-community relationships, and in healing those who have been harmed by violence so that we can stop the cycle of retaliation.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

This has happened for far too long in our communities. I call on anyone with information on these incidents to come forward or submit a tip anonymously at https://t.co/Tt6O9g49ZD. Those committing these senseless acts of violence will be held accountable.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun. As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city or as a country? We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.

“We must stop the violence before it starts by investing in our children, our neighborhoods and our schools. We must continue to invest in our street outreach work, in police-community relationships, and in healing those who have been harmed by violence so that we can stop the cycle of retaliation. As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence. This has happened for far too long in our communities. I call on anyone with information on these incidents to come forward or submit a tip anonymously at cpdtip.com. Those committing these senseless acts of violence will be held accountable.”

Area Four Detectives were investigating Saturday evening.

The girl’s death came on the heels of an aggressive crime-reduction approach by the Chicago Police Department.

Officers attended anti-violence rallies in city neighborhoods, and an additional 1,200 officers were put on the streets.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown has also talked about 17 gun confiscations this weekend in the Englewood (7th) District.

But this July 4 weekend so far has seen more than a dozen people shot in Chicago. Three others have also died.

Meanwhile, at least eight other children age 10 or under in Chicago have been shot since mid-June. Three others have died.

This past Tuesday evening, a 3-year-old girl was shot in the chest in the 7000 block of South Damen Avenue in West Englewood. The child was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, but had been stabilized by late Tuesday. She was wounded in her upper torso.

One-year-old Sincere Gaston 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 the afternoon of Saturday, June 27.

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

The same day, 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.

On Monday, June 22, 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.

On Saturday, June 20, 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 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.

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.

Police said they were looking at “very good” surveillance video to try to track down the vehicle involved in the girl’s shooting Saturday evening.

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An 8-Year-Old Boy Was Killed In A Mall Shooting In Alabama – BuzzFeed News

An 8-year-old boy was shot and killed when someone opened fire at a mall in Hoover, Alabama, on Friday.

The Hoover Police Department said they were called to the scene at the food court of Riverchase Galleria mall around 3:18 p.m. with multiple victims.

“I’m extremely saddened to report that an 8-year-old male victim was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at Children’s Hospital,” Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis said at a news conference.

Derzis did not release the name of the child, but AL.com reported his name was Royta.

The boy’s mother told AL.com the she, her three children, and their stepfather were waiting in line at Children’s Place when someone opened fire.

“We heard the gunshots and I grabbed them and we hit the ground,‘’ she told AL.com. “When we all got up, he was the only one who didn’t get up.”

Derzis said three other victims were taken to hospital — an adult male, an adult female, and a juvenile female — but their conditions weren’t immediately known. As of now, there were no immediate reports of suspects or arrests, but Derzis said the department is “making progress.”

Hoover Mayor Frank V. Brocato said he visited with the parents of the deceased boy.

“Of course they are devastated by this, and I want to ask all of the citizens of Hoover and the metropolitan area to pray for this family. Keep them in your prayers,” he said.

Local station WVTM reported the mall remains closed as police investigate.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic, senseless incident that took place in our shopping center this afternoon,” the mall said in a statement. “Riverchase Galleria was evacuated immediately and will remain closed while the Hoover Police Department conducts their investigation.”

The incident in Hoover is one of at least three shootings at malls across the country on Friday. A 15-year-old girl was injured at a shooting at South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts, and police are investigating reports of shots fired at Beachwood Place in Beachwood, Ohio.



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Journalist killed in Kabul bomb blast targeting TV workers – Al Jazeera English

A journalist and a driver were killed when a private bus carrying employees of an Afghan television station was hit by a roadside bomb in the capital, Kabul, the network’s news director and officials have said.

Four other employees were wounded in Satursday’s attack, said Marwa Amini, interior ministry deputy spokeswoman.

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The pair died when the bus carrying 15 employees of the Khurshid TV news station was struck, the channel’s news director Jawed Farhad told AFP news agency.

The interior ministry said the minivan had been targeted.

“The target of the blast was the vehicle of Khurshid private TV,” a ministry statement said.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility hours after the attack. 

In a statement on an ISIL-affiliate website, the group said the attack was against a bus carrying employees of Khurshid TV, a station it described as “loyal to the Afghan apostate government”.

ISIL, which battles government forces and Taliban fighters, has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in urban Afghanistan in recent years. It did not give a reason for Saturday’s attack.

Pictures shared on social media showed a white minibus with extensive damage to its front.

It was the second such attack targeting employees of the channel in less than a year.

In August 2019, two passers-by were killed when a “sticky bomb” – a type of homemade explosive attached to vehicles with magnets – struck a similar Khurshid TV van.

Afghanistan is one of the world’s deadliest places for journalists, who face many risks covering the country’s long-running conflict and who have sometimes been targeted for doing their job.

Last year, the Taliban warned the Afghan media to stop broadcasting what it called “anti-Taliban statements”.

In 2016, a Taliban suicide bomber rammed his car into a bus carrying employees of Tolo TV, the country’s largest private broadcaster, killing seven journalists.

The Taliban claimed Tolo was producing propaganda for the US military and the Western-backed Afghan government.

The latest attack comes during an overall drop in violence across much of Afghanistan since the Taliban offered a surprise three-day ceasefire on May 24.

While the truce ended on Tuesday night, violence has largely remained low, though Afghan security forces have suffered some attacks that authorities blame on the Taliban.

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At least 46 people killed in prison riot in Venezuela – CNN

(CNN)At least 46 people have died in a riot at the Los Llanos Penitentiary in the Venezuelan state of Portuguesa, according to an opposition lawmaker from the area.

Dozens of others were also injured in the riot that began during an alleged escape attempt, National Assembly representative for Portuguesa Maria Beatriz Martina told CNN. Martinez said a grenade exploded during the attempted escape, causing injuries to at least one officer.
The prison’s director, Carlos Toro, is among those injured, according to the non-governmental organization Venezuelan Prisons Observatory, which works to improve human rights for prisoners, according to its website.
Martina tweeted that the riot “is a clear reflection” of Venezuela’s failed state. She also criticized Venezuela Minister of Penitentiary Affairs Iris Varela’s prison human rights reform plan.
The Ministry of Penitentiary Affairs and Ministry of Information have yet to respond to CNN’s request for comment.   

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1 officer killed in Louisiana shooting; 2nd officer hospitalized – CBS News

A shooting in Louisiana’s capital city left one police officer dead and his wounded colleague fighting for his life Sunday, authorities said, adding a suspect was later taken into custody after an hourslong standoff in which shots were exchanged with a SWAT team.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul told The Advocate the two officers were shot in a northern residential district in the city, and that one of the officers later succumbed.

Paul said a suspect, Ronnie Kato, 36, was detained after a roughly four-hour standoff in which he barricaded inside a house. The chief didn’t immediately say what charges Kato might face. He added that SWAT team members had been fired on and they returned fire. No one was reported hurt during those exchanges.

Police said the officers who were shot had responded earlier in the day to reports of gunfire in the area.

At a news conference Sunday evening, the police chief said the slain officer was a 21-year law enforcement veteran, according to CBS affiliate WAFB-TV. The chief did not immediately identify the officers.

The second officer was “fighting for his life,” Paul added at a news briefing Sunday evening. He is a seven-year member of the force.

“Our officers — talk about being public servants and the responsibility that comes along with being a law enforcement officer,” Paul said. “This is a call no chief wants to get.”

NEW VIDEO: Multiple shots were fired around 4 p.m. at the standoff scene off Winbourne Avenue where two officers were shot earlier today.

It was unclear who fired the shots. https://t.co/sJcd1Hjk4o pic.twitter.com/sgcTGYPM2B

— WAFB (@WAFB) April 26, 2020

Police released few details about the shooting of the two officers or events that led up to it. The chief said only that police continue to investigate.

On Sunday afternoon, neighbors and onlookers crowded street corners behind police tape that cordoned off the area, according to media reports. Some of the bystanders wore masks against the coronavirus and others held up phones to record the crush of law enforcement vehicles at the site.

A different scene unfolded outside Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where the officers had been whisked by ambulance. There, dozens of law enforcement officers held an impromptu vigil at the hospital, awaiting updates on the wounded officer’s condition.

A coroner’s van was seen Sunday afternoon being escorted away by dozens of law enforcement vehicles as it left the hospital, according to media reports.

PRAYERS FOR OUR OFFICERS: His comrades stood watch as the fallen BRPD officer left Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center. Thank you for your service. https://t.co/2EsDNvSj3e https://t.co/5pfeSkhc7L

— WAFB (@WAFB) April 27, 2020

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