West Englewood shooting: Toddler shot on 70th and Damen


A girl was shot Tuesday in West Englewood on the South Side.

The toddler, believed to be about 3 years old, was struck just before 8 p.m. near 70th Street and Damen Avenue, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in “serious but stable” condition, fire officials said.

Chicago police did not immediately respond to a request for details.

Less than 30 minutes before the toddler was shot, a 15-year-old boy was wounded by gunfire less than a half mile away. The teen was in the 7100 block of South Honore when he was shot in the calf and buttocks. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition, according to police.

The girl was the latest victim in a rash of shootings that have left children and teens dead or wounded across the city.

In fact, Tuesday’s victim was the fourth child age 3 or younger to be shot in Chicago in the last 10 days. Two of those four died. Several teens have also been killed in the last two weeks.

Last weekend, 1-year-old Sincere Gaston was killed and his mother was wounded when someone shot up the car that the two were traveling in in Englewood.

Mekhi James, 3, was shot and killed in Austin over Father’s Day weekend.

Lena Nunez, 10, was killed in Logan Square over the same weekend, as was 17-year-old Antiwon Douglas in Humboldt Park.

Father’s Day weekend also so the shooting deaths of four other teens — two in Austin and two in South Chicago.

Last week, a 3-year-old girl was wounded when a bullet grazed her in Chicago Lawn.

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