Chicago woman, Brittany Hill shot dead while shielding her baby daughter amidst stray possible gang related gunfire. Another casualty in gang warfare.
### Update, May 30 9.00am: Two men have been charged in the death of a 24-year-old woman who was fatally shot while trying to shield her child from gunfire WGNTV reported.
Michael Washington, 39, and Eric Adams, 23, both face one count of first-degree murder.
## Original post: May 29, 3pm: A 24 year old Chicago woman has died after being hit by a stray bullet. The incident follows, Britany Hill attempting to shield her one yer old daughter from gunfire coming from outside her home.
The young mother had just gotten out of a car and was holding the couple’s infant child when someone opened fire from a silver Chevrolet Impala at around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday in a neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side, cops said.
Hill was shot on her right side, but managed to take cover behind a car and place her body over her baby, said police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill, according to the Chicago Tribune.
‘She shielded the baby from the gunfire,’ Tannehill said.
Brittany Hill: An innocent victim of Chicago gang conflict.
Hill, whose young son was also nearby when the shooting erupted, was pronounced dead at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. Her daughter was not injured.
Investigators believe the shooter was targeting three people who were near Hill in a possible gang-related attack.
‘This is not a random act of violence, unfortunately,’ Tannehill said, according to the Tribune. ‘It could possibly have been a targeted incident due to gang conflicts and retaliations in the area.’
No arrests have been made in the shooting, but cops believe they may have found the gunman’s car and were reviewing surveillance footage.
While police believe Hill was not the intended target, they said the incident was likely not random.
Chicago woman, Brittany Hill hailed a hero:
Community activist Ja’Mal Green, who went to high school with Hill, called the mother ‘a hero.’
“She loved her kids. … She made sure her daughter was safe,’ Green said, while adding that Hill ‘was the life of every room she walked in.’
Hill’s death comes after at least 43 people were shot across Chicago over Memorial Day weekend– leaving five people dead and 33 more wounded.
Abcnews reported the week of May 20 to May 26 resulting in 54 shootings in Chicago, including 11 murders, bringing the year total to 703 shootings and 174 slayings. The city had seen 193 murders at this point in 2018 according to the Chicago Police Dept.
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