CHICAGO (AP) — With a spike in killings and shootings this year in Chicago, statistics show more bullets are hitting children as they do normal kid things like play with sparklers, draw on the sidewalk or hold a mother’s hand.
Police records through June showed 15 children younger than 10 had been shot, which is seven more young shooting victims than the same span last year.
Four more young children have been shot since the start of July, including a 6-year-old girl who was sitting on a porch when a bullet fired a block away struck her in the torso Tuesday.
No child has died from the gunfire often connected to gangs.
Among the wounded is 4-year-old Kavan Collins. A bullet struck him in the cheek last month as he held his mother’s hand.