The shooting was reported at 7:02 p.m. in block 100 of North Latrobe Avenue, near West Washington Boulevard. Police said the victim was on a sidewalk when a light-colored vehicle stopped and an unknown number of offenders got out of the vehicle. The offenders then produced firearms and fired shots at the victim.
The young victim suffered a gunshot wound to the forehead and was taken to Stroger Hospital where she died.
Fire officials initially said the girl was three years old.
A 32-year-old man was also injured by the scratch in the incident, police said. This individual transported himself to Mount Sinai Hospital where he is said to be in fairly good condition.
Police said they did not know who was the target of the shooting, adding that the detectives were still investigating.
A week earlier, a one-year-old boy had been shot and killed while driving with his mother in the Englewood area, marking the second fatal shooting involving a child in a week.
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot was asked on Wednesday why the city is experiencing a spike in gun violence that has claimed the lives of several young children recently. Lightfoot pointed to the perfect storm of the coronavirus pandemic, poverty and a surplus of firearms. Report by Michelle Relerford of NBC 5.
On June 20, a 3-year-old boy was shot in the back while driving in a vehicle, also in the Austin neighborhood.
Fred Waller, moved chief of operations for the DPC, spoke to journalists during the latest fatal shooting on Saturday evening, pleading for an end to the violence involving children.
“You must be tired of this,” he said. “The heart of Chicago is broken again. Austin’s heart is broken again … I have had enough. “