2 girls, ages 6 and 14, shot in Hermosa

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Two girls, ages 6 and 14, were wounded in a shooting in the Hermosa neighborhood Sunday night. (WLS)

Two girls were wounded in a shooting in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood Sunday night, police said.

The two girls were inside a vehicle in the 4700-block of West North Avenue being driven by a woman when at about 9 p.m., another vehicle approached, police said. The woman exchanged words or gang signs with the other driver, and then shots were fired.

A 14-year-old girl was wounded in the leg and a 6-year-old girl was wounded in the ankle. Both were transported to Stroger Hospital in good condition and are expected to recover, police said.

It is not clear how the woman in the car may have been related to the children. No one is in custody.

Residents say the corner of North and Cicero avenues is a popular spot for drug activity.

"This area is notorious for things like that to happen from Chicago Avenue, North Avenue, this whole area is notorious for that type of thing," said resident Julian Dunn.

Some residents calling for a stronger police presence.

"We know it's sad. They know it's sad. Do their job," Dunn said.

Demitria Kelly lives nearby and was a victim of gun violence herself when she was only 15 years old.

"Mentally they won't be ok. Physically they maybe recover. They may heal fine, but mentally you don't recover from such a thing," Kelly said.

Stories like these bringing painful memories to the surface.

"It really breaks my heart, cause I'm a lifetime Chicagoan and I love my city and I just wish that we could all come together and find a way to put a stop to this kind of badness and get some concrete gun control where we don't have to worry," Kelly said.
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