Chicago Violence: 79 Shot, 15 Fatally Over Independence Day Weekend
The report noted that eleven of the victims were minors. Two of the young victims, one 7-year-old girl, and one 14-year-old boy, died from their wounds.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted a statement on Twitter on Saturday night after the 7-year-old girl was shot and killed while celebrating the holiday.
“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,” Lightfoot wrote.
She added, “As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city of 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.”