Girl, 3, aunt injured in Gresham shooting; close to 40 rounds fired, Chicago police say

Girl shot twice in each leg, CPD says
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 3-year old girl was shot multiple times Wednesday night in Chicago's South Side Gresham neighborhood.

She was with her 31-year-old aunt, who was also shot, as close to 40 rounds were fired at the Continental Plaza Apartments.

The woman and girl were standing near the curb just before 11 p.m. in the 1300-block of West 76th Street when someone fired several shots from a distance before fleeing the scene on foot, Chicago police said.

The young girl was shot twice in each leg and was taken to Comer Children's Hospital, where she is listed in fair condition. The woman was shot in the foot and was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where she is listed in good condition.

Neighbors said they ducked inside their own homes when they heard the gunfire.

"Hit the floor, they do it every summer, every summer it does that," said one neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

"I heard a lot of gunshots going off, so I had ducked down because I didn't know where the bullets were coming from," another said. "They just come out and pull the trigger, and they don't care who the bullets hit."

No one was in custody Thursday morning.

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Area Two detectives are investigating.

So far this year, 87 children have been shot; 15 have died.

In a press conference Wednesday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown talked about more policing efforts in the summer months.

"We have the support system from street outreach, other neighborhood organizations that support us, work together with police, to do many of the long-term solutions around poverty, affordable housing, transportation, jobs, education and mental health treatment," he said.

A few hours earlier and less than a mile from the double shooting, a 21-year-old woman was fatally shot near 75th and Wolcott Avenue after confronting a burglar, while she walked out to her garage about 7:45 p.m.

Two young boys, ages 6 and 11, were also shot Wednesday while standing with two adults. They are all expected to recover.

In just the last 24 hours, there have been 15 shootings.

Since the start of the week, there have been 61 shootings across the city.

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