Natalia Wallace Chicago 7 year old girl shot dead outside of grandmother’s Austin home after 3 men got of car and fired off 20 gun rounds before driving off.
The youngster was playing with other children on the sidewalk in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood around 7 p.m. Saturday when police said three men got out of a white car and opened fire on party-goers before speeding off, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday.
The girl was shot in the forehead and was later pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.
‘On a day when families should be celebrating, having a good time, spending time together, a 7-year-old girl was taken from us,’ Chicago Police Department Chief of Operations Fred Waller told the Sun-Times.
‘There were kids riding by on bicycles,’ Waller said. ‘Enjoying the Fourth of July, as they should have been.’
1,200 extra cops couldn’t keep us safe!https://t.co/71htcn9PJ1
— GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) July 5, 2020
Three men got out of a vehicle and fired at least 20 rounds
Natalia was visiting her grandmother, Waller said. She was outside with others during a family get-together. Three men got out of a white vehicle about 50 feet away from where the girl and her family were gathered and fired at least 20 rounds at them.
According to Natalia’s father, the ‘funny and outspoken’ girl loved to be outdoors. He said she loved to pose for pictures and was quick to give a kiss on the cheek, he told the Chicago Sun Times.
‘For her life to be cut down for no reason, it’s ridiculous,’ Nathan Wallace said outside the hospital.
An official at Crown Community Academy of Fine Arts said Natalia attended the school was due to enter second grade there this fall reports the Chicago Tribune.
Seven-year-old Natalia Wallace, fatally shot in Chicago on Saturday, was described as “very quiet and sweet.” At the end of each e-learning session, she would type “I love you” in the chat box, her teacher at Crown Community Academy of Fine Arts said. https://t.co/LRArDYhK4O
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 5, 2020
Who was the intended victim?
The school released a statement, attributed to Natalia’s first grade teacher:
‘Natalia was a very quiet and sweet little girl. She completed every assignment during class, got along with all of her peers, and colored the most precious pictures ever given to me. Natalia never hesitated to ask for clarity when needed. Sometimes, her quiet spirit gave her the strength to lead the reading lessons within her group, and she soared when it came to doing math. During e-learning, Natalia was always present and participating. At the end of each class session, she would type in the chat box, ‘I Love You.‘’
Police said a 32-year-old man at the scene was wounded by the barrage of gunfire and was listed in fair condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. It remained unclear if he or someone else had been the intended target ‘hit’.
Investigators are now reviewing video from the scene of the shooting. No arrests have been made.
A 7-year-old girl was shot and murdered in Chicago while innocently celebrating the Fourth of July with her family. Her name was Natalia Wallace.
Natalia’s life mattered. pic.twitter.com/qMoBbWPO0q
— The Moderate Man (@TheModerateMan) July 5, 2020
Ongoing black on black violence
The 7 year old girl’s death marks the third weekend in a row that a child under 10 has been shot in the predominantly African American community of Second City, along with the stray bullet death of a 13 year old girl last month. The weekend shooting came amid an eruption of gunplay in the city over the July 4th weekend in disparate black on black crime.
Police said 67 people were shot and 13 were killed by gunfire as of Sunday, including Natalia and a 14-year-old boy. The shootings were among dozens reported throughout the US over the holiday weekend, with nearly two dozen reported dead.