Another Day In Obama's Home Town
A 7-year-old girl was struck by a stray bullet from a gun fired by a man arguing after a basketball game Thursday, one of at least six overnight shootings in Chicago that left one dead and seven people wounded.
The girl was shot about 7:10 p.m. in the Golden Gate neighborhood, just west of the Altgeld Gardens on the Far South Side, in the 13200 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue.
Two men were playing basketball nearby and started arguing when one grabbed a gun and opened fire, police said, hitting the child in the thigh but missing the apparent target.
The girl is in good condition at Metro South Medical Center, police said.
About the same time, three men in a Jeep Cherokee were shot, one fatally, in the 600 block of West 115th Street in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. The three were driven to Roseland Hospital after someone shot up their truck.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel went on the defensive Thursday about a surge of recent homicides in Chicago and questioned why new law enforcement tactics hadn't been created before he was elected 10 months ago."You can say, 'Are you doing it right,'" Emanuel said, "but the question is, 'Why were those policies not done before?'"Between the start of 2012 and April 1, Chicago Police recorded 120 homicides, a 60 percent spike over the 75 murders during the same period in 2010 and 2011.In response Emanuel told reporters he has toughened curfew policy, dumped more resources into after-school programs and changed the way police deals with liquor stores, "a cancer in communities.""Prior to the 1,000 officers I put on the street, 600 of them were doing clerical work, not doing policing in our communities," Emanuel said during a press conference with Gov. Pat Quinn to announce a massive project to clean up the Chicago River. "That's a change."