Late Sunday night, 4-year-old Shyla Rivera was shot in the thigh by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting. Her older brother and his friend were also wounded and, though their car was deliberately targeted, neither was a member of a gang.
According to preliminary police reports, a car pulled up along side their vehicle at about 10:20 p.m. and opened fire on the occupants before driving off. No reason was given in the report though the family suspects it was a case of mistaken identity.
Amazingly, the 4-year-old girl did not even cry and insisted she did not want to go to the hospital. Her 17-year-old brother, meanwhile, drove to a nearby 7-Eleven, flagged down a police officer and grabbed a bag of ice for her.
"She's a tough son of a gun,” said her brother, Javier Rosario. “She took it better than I did."
Sadly, the case of Rivera is one of a rash of shootings during the past month and a half. In this short span of time, seven different young children were shot in Chicago. In this past weekend alone, 37 people were shot and four fatally so.
With each case, though the motives may be unclear, the tragedy is certain.