Mother describes scene after daughter, 2 others shot while sitting in car in South Shore

One victim's mother describes the chaotic scene after the shooting

Saturday, March 26, 2022
3 women shot while sitting in car in South Shore
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Chicago police said a shooting in the South Shore neighborhood left three women wounded Thursday night.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The bullet-riddled car of Myia Fleming is still parked in the spot where it was when a gunman opened fire on the 44-year-old and two of her friends as they sat in her car outside her South Shore neighborhood home.

"I hear boom, boom, boom, boom and I knew -- I knew it was bad," said the victim's mother.

Fleming's mother didn't want to be on camera but said the attack happened last night around 9 p.m. as her daughter prepared to take her friends home.

She said it was as the women sat in the car in the 7600-block of South Merrill Avenue, a silver sedan pulled up and opened fire. All three were hit.

The family matriarch said she immediately called 911 and ran outside to help.

"My daughter ran in, face covered, and her clothes covered in blood. Blood everywhere," she said.

While Fleming, a licensed practical nurse and mother of five, had been shot in the face and her condition has been stabilized, her 34-year-old friend was struck in the back and shoulder and remains in critical condition.

"One of the young ladies was still in the car and she wasn't moving," Fleming's mother said.

The woman's other friend, a 32- year-old woman, suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg and is recovering.

At the scene, concern quickly turned to Fleming's 8-year-old son, who was inside the family home playing video games when the gunfire erupted.

"He said it made him want to fight. Why would somebody want to do that to his mother? She doesn't do anything to anybody," said community activist, Pastor Donovan Price.

Just like those who live in the South Side neighborhood, Fleming and her family can't make sense of the violence. They said they plan to move out of Chicago and leave the state.

So far, Chicago police haven't said if the attack was random or targeted.

Detectives are still investigating the crime as the women recover from the attack.