A 4-year-old girl was shot in the stomach while riding a scooter down her block in Chicago Monday evening in one of the latest incidents of violence affecting innocent children in the city.
Two gunmen opened fire on a 31-year-old man near the girl, Khalise Weatherspoon, while she was playing outside. Weatherspoon was caught in the middle of the violence, and bullets hit the adult man in the buttocks, according to the Huffington Post.
Weatherspoon’s family is suspected to have gang ties — though her family denied the claims — and the intended target of the shooting was reportedly a relative of Weatherspoon, according to CBS News.
As the two shooting victims were taken to local hospitals, Weatherspoon’s mother told family members about the event and got them to come to the hospital too.
Weatherspoon’s family expressed outrage at the hospital about the incident and American gun laws.
“The kids that are getting shot — they’re innocent kids,” said Richard Spires, Weatherspoon’s grandfather. “My granddaughter don’t even know what a gun is.”
Spires said he thinks gun control laws in the United States allow shootings, like Weatherspoon’s, to happen.
“The shooting these guys are doing is just ridiculous,” he said. “The people getting shot are the innocent people like my grandchild. And the government is now allowing this concealed carry mess. They might as well open it up and say it’s the OK Corral.”
One of Weatherspoon’s neighbors, Bamani Obadele, said witnessing the shooting had disturbed some of the young girl’s friends.
"It’s high time that the black community get a grip,” Obadele said. “We’ve had summit after summit. We’ve had march after march. The reality is we know the people who are the potential shooters.”