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12-Year-Old Girl Among 6 Shot At Chatham Memorial Service

By Stephen Gossett in News on Jan 26, 2017 5:38PM

500 block of East 75th Street, via Google Streetview

Six people were shot last night in a drive-by shooting at a Chatham memorial service Wednesday night, held for another person who had been shot. Several children were among the wounded, including a 12-year-old girl, who sustained a graze wound to the head, a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the neck and a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the arm.

The 16-year-old was taken to Christ Hospital in serious condition, and the 17-year-old drove took himself to Jackson Park Hospital in stable condition, according to police. The 12-year-old girl was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in stable condition. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the leg and a 43-year-old woman was shot in the right hand, and both were taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition. A final 20-year-old, female victim was shot in the leg and the buttock and taken to Christ Hospital in serious condition.

Police say they responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 500 block of East 75th Street, and when they arrived the shooting victims were inside a nearby business. No one is in custody as of Thursday morning and Area South officers are investigating the shooting.

The memorial being held was for 20-year-old Jamayah Fields, who was fatally shot dead early Monday, according to the Tribune.

Neighbors and anti-violence activists now fear a retaliatory attack in the wake of the mass shooting.

"I'm asking that those individuals who see this, who are planning retaliation right now, stand down from that and we look for peaceful alternatives," activist Jedidiah Brown said, according to ABC7.

The shooting happened one day after Donald Trump threatened to "send in the feds" to Chicago, with violent crime now outpacing last year's nearly two-decade high. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would welcome additional federal resources, but called national guard deployment "out of the question."