Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, July 16, 2012

18-year old young man shoots and injures two girls, 12 and 13, in Chicago

Tashona Polk, age 13
Four girls were walking down the street after leaving a park in the Pullman area of Chicago when two of them, Tashona Polk, 13, and Nakia Turner, 12, were shot and injured.  The younger girl was shot twice in the abdomen and the younger girl wounded in the buttocks.

An 18-year old young man, Jermaine A. Louis, turned himself in for the shooting, with the help of Ceasefire Chicago.

According to police, the girls weren't the intended targets.

Apparently the shooting was gang-related.

From an article:
The two girls wounded were walking with two others when they were shot. The younger girl was shot twice in the abdomen and the younger girl wounded in the buttocks.
Louis turned himself in earlier this week. His surrender was worked out by the man's lawyer and representatives of the anti-violence group CeaseFire after the man's family learned he was being sought by police about Tuesday night's shooting of Tishona Turner, 13, and Nakia Polk, 12.
The head of the CeaseFire group in the area said the organization helped in the surrender after learning Louis' life may be in danger, though he declined to elaborate.
Police said there's been an ongoing internal gang conflict in the area of the shooting.
From another article, video, and interview with one of the victims, Tashona Polk and her mother:
"Gunshots just started going everywhere," 13-year-old Tishona Polk told Fox Chicago's Darlene Hill. "I wasn't scared, I didn't feel nothing, just my body went numb. I wasn't scared."
The shooting happened near 117th and Throop around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The girls were taking a break on a park bench when one of the girls told police she saw a car riding around slowly, and she knew something bad was going to happen.
Fox Chicago News has learned the boys in the vehicle were gang members allegedly trying to keep their rivals off the block.
Police sources say they fired a couple of shots early in the day, but came back when the park was crowded.
Polk was hit once. Her friend, 12-year-old Nakia Turner, was shot in the stomach.

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