She is reportedly visiting Chicago to celebrate her mother’s birthday, according to the Sun-Times.
The girl is the 24th child to be shot dead in Chicago since May 22.
Police said the girl was a passenger in a car with her family traveling south in the block from South Lake Shore Drive at around 11:37 p.m.
Their car was pulled over at a red light and police said when the light turned green someone inside a red four-door Ford Expedition fired shots, hitting the teenager.
They were on their way back to Cicero with his mother and three younger siblings after celebrating by the lake, the Sun-Times reported.
“The way they pulled into the car, there was no respect for life,” said community activist Andrew Holmes. “For me, it was an execution.”
The shooter “was inches away,” according to Holmes, who said he spoke with the girl’s family and saw surveillance footage.
Two shots were fired, one through a window and another through a car door, Holmes said. The bullet passed through the girl’s shoulder and abdomen, he said.
The girl was taken by her family to MacNeal Hospital and later transferred to Loyola Medical Center in critical condition.
Police say a witness inside the teenager’s car said the assailant was unfamiliar to them and did not interact with the family at all before the shooting.
Holmes said the girl was a straight freshman at Morton East High School and was particularly close to her mother. “It has taken its toll on this family, especially the mother,” Holmes said. “It’s a very close family.”
Holmes said he was offering a reward of $ 1,000 for the shooter’s arrest and conviction. He hoped that the police could identify the shooter from the numerous surveillance cameras in the city center.
“With all the money spent on high tech cameras, there’s no way they won’t find them,” Holmes said.
No one is in custody, and Zone Three detectives are investigating.
The teenager, the 138th miner to be shot dead in Chicago this year, according to police data. That’s about a 20% jump from last year. Four of the five people shot dead on Thursday are under 18, according to police data.
The Sun-Times Media Report contributed to this article.
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