Eight-Year-Old Girl Killed by Stray Bullet in Chicago

An eight-year-old girl died from a stray bullet following a shooting in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood over the weekend.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the girl as Melissa Ortega.

Ortega was walking northbound with her mother on Jan. 22 when an alleged shooter got out of a vehicle and began shooting, hitting Ortega in the head, police said.

Ortega was transported to Stroger hospital but later died due to her injuries.

Police said the incident occurred at around 2:45 p.m. local time in the 4000 block of West 26th Street.

Neither Ortega or her mother were the intended target of the shooting, according to the police.

A 26-year-old man, whom police said was the intended target, was also shot in the back and was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Chicago Police Superintended David Brown described Ortega’s killing as “tragic and senseless.”

“The Chicago Police Department stands with the Little Village community in the wake of this unthinkable tragedy and won’t stop working until we find justice for this precious child and her family,” Brown said in a statement on Twitter.

Police continue to search for the suspects in the shooting.


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