CHICAGO (AP) — An eight-year-old girl shot in the back was among 10 people killed in gunfire over the Labor Day weekend in Chicago, police said on Tuesday, marking the latest deadly holiday weekend in the nation’s third-largest city.
The girl was identified as Dajore Wilson by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The child was in the car with two adults on Monday evening on the city’s South Side when they stopped at a red light and someone in a vehicle behind them opened fire, striking the child, a 31-year-old man and 30-year-old woman.
The child was pronounced dead at a hospital. The adults were severely wounded.
Area resident David Johnson told WBBM-TV he heard more than a dozen shots from a block away before he came over and saw the child lying on the ground.
“It’s tragedy and horrible,” he said.
Police said the child was not the intended target. While authorities did not pinpoint the motive, they cited an ongoing gang conflict in the area.
No one is in custody in connection with the shooting.
Wilson is the sixth child 10 or younger to be killed in Chicago’s gun violence since late June, according to data compiled by the Chicago Sun-Times.