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A mass shooting in Chicago leaves a girl dead and ten other people injured in Back of the Yards

Father speaks out after 9-year-old daughter died in mass shooting in Chicago

Father speaks out after 9-year-old daughter died in mass shooting in Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) — One child was killed and 10 other people, including three other children, were injured in a shooting Saturday evening in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said.

The shooting happened near West 52nd Street and South Damen Avenue around 9:20 p.m., Chicago police said. The victims were at a family gathering when the shooting occurred.

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert of 18 rounds fired and found multiple people shot on the block, police said. Officers then began administering life-saving care, including tourniquets and chest seals, Chicago Police Area One Deputy Chief Don Jerome said.

A 9-year-old girl was shot in the head and died, according to police and her family, who identified her as Ariana Molina.

Ariana Molina, 9, was shot and killed in a mass shooting during a family gathering in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on April 13, 2024.

Family photo

A 1-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy were each shot multiple times and were in critical condition Saturday evening. A 9-year-old boy suffered an abrasion to his left pinkie finger and was in good condition. Officials said the ages of the adult victims ranged from 19 to 40.

“This was not a random act of violence. It was likely gang related,” Jerome said. “The actions of the offenders are, make no mistake, heinous and unacceptable in our city.”

According to a source, the children were playing outside when the shooting occurred. Some adults were inside or on the porch at the time.

Ariana’s father, Jose Molina, said all 11 people shot were family members celebrating his sister’s confirmation. Ariana was in the front yard when she was shot in the head. Her mother was shot in the back.

Mass shooting that left 1 dead and 10 injured is the 9th mass shooting in the Chicago area this year


Ariana’s mother doesn’t know she has died.

‘I know she’s going to go crazy. She loves her,” Jose said. “I don’t even know what to tell her.”

Jose’s cousins ​​were both shot twice in the stomach. José was shot in the foot.

“I got shot in the leg and foot, but I’m fine. It just came in and out,” he said. “I don’t care about my leg. My daughter was too young for this.”

According to police, a witness saw a black sedan approaching during the meeting. Someone inside fired several shots before driving away.

“When I saw my daughter on the ground, she had a bullet hole in her head. I tried to help her, but it was too late,” Jose said.

Jose says they have lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and have never had any problems.

“She had nothing to do with that. None of us are gangbangers. We don’t do gangbangs. We’ve been here for thirty years. We don’t do any of that.”

He said he hopes for speedy justice.

“Why would they do such things to little children? They have a big life. Why would they do that to them?” he said.

Girl killed, 10 other people injured in mass shooting in Chicago


Jose told CBS 2 they were in the process of leaving the area due to recent shootings.

Street pastor Donovan Price said the impact on the family has been devastating.

“I think a part of Chicago has died. A part of Chicago, like the mothers when I first got here, and the families when I first got here tonight, would have to scream, would have to run, would have to cry “We should all do that,” he says. said.

Some witnesses described two gunmen on foot, police said.

No one had been arrested on Sunday morning. Area One detectives were investigating.

Mayor Brandon Johnson released a statement on the incident on Sunday afternoon, calling the shooting a “heinous and cowardly act of wanton violence”:

Today we mourn the loss of an 8-year-old girl whose life was tragically taken from her by gang violence. This heinous and cowardly act of wanton violence, which has left our city in mourning for children, is beyond reprehensible and has no place in our communities.

We can all be outraged today – a warm spring day that I’m sure this child would have enjoyed with his family. I pray for her loved ones and her community as they experience the unimaginable pain of losing a child.

I also pray for the recovery of the three children and seven adults who were injured in this horrific shooting. Our Mayor’s Office of Community Safety has been in contact with the Chicago Police Department, who are working to identify and arrest those responsible.

The Community Safety Coordination Center has developed an initial response plan, which will include:

  • A mass campaign at 52nd and Damen and surrounding blocks on Monday, April 15 at 2:00 PM with the aim of providing the community with access to behavioral teams, victim services and case management
  • Financial assistance to the family of the deceased child through the Emergency Supplemental Victim’s Fund program
  • Emergency Services Assistance Center, starting today, April 14
  • Victim support to other victims and families
  • Increased 9th District CPD presence at affected schools

While CPD and our partners conduct their investigation, the Back of the Yards community has the full support of our government as we process and heal from this trauma.

Family grieving girl killed in mass shooting in Chicago


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