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5-month-old baby killed in Chicago drive-by shooting

A 5-month-old baby was killed in a drive-by shooting when a bullet hit her in the head while she was in her father’s car on Friday night, police said.

Baby Cecilia Thomas was in a car just after 6pm when a second car approached and opened fire on the vehicle, fatally hitting her in the head, WLS-TV reported.

A local business owner said Cecilia’s father stopped the car when he heard his daughter crying.

She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, officials said.

A 41-year-old man in a separate car checked himself into the University of Chicago Hospital with a gunshot wound in the eye area, police said. He is in good condition.

No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made.

At least a dozen grieving relatives gathered outside Como Children’s Hospital.

A nurse at the hospital, posing as Jackie, told the outlet, “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 61 years of life.”

Bullet holes in the back of the car the child was in.
Bullet holes in the back of the car the child was in.
Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

She lost two of her own sons to gun violence and another son became paralyzed after being shot.

“You never know what it’s like to be heartbroken until you go through it,” she said.

The baby’s mother told a responder that her daughter was going to her home at the time of the shooting.

Chicago police have not identified any suspects or made any arrests in connection with the shooting.
Chicago police have not identified any suspects or made any arrests in connection with the shooting.
Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

“This is a 5 month old baby. Nine months she carried this baby, fed it,” Andrew Holmes told WLS-TV. “And it takes a damn fool to fire that gun and take that baby’s life.”

According to Chicago Police Department statistics, there have been 282 homicides and 1,148 shootings so far this year, up from 11% and 17% in the same period last year, respectively.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/25/5-month-old-baby-killed-in-chicago-drive-by-shooting/ 5-month-old baby killed in Chicago drive-by shooting

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