Girl, 13, killed by stray bullet in Austin shooting; 2 boys also shot

The boys, ages 15 and 16, were sitting on a porch when someone fired at them, authorities said. Amaria Jones, who was inside a home, was struck in the neck.

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Chicago police investigate a shooting Saturday night in Austin that left a 13-year-old girl struck by a stray bullet in critical condition and two teenage boys also wounded.

Chicago police investigate a shooting Saturday night in Austin that left a 13-year-old girl struck by a stray bullet in critical condition and two teenage boys also wounded.

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A 13-year-old girl died after she was struck by a stray bullet in a shooting that also wounded two boys Saturday night in Austin.

The girl was inside a home about 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of North LeClaire Avenue when the shots were fired and she was struck in the neck, Chicago police said. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified her as Amaria J. Jones. She lived in Austin.

An autopsy conducted Sunday ruled Jones’ death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.

Two boys, 15 and 16, were sitting on a porch when one of them noticed a red laser pointing at him and heard gunfire, police said. The younger boy was struck in the back and the older boy was struck in the leg.

The boys were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, police said.

No one was immediately in custody as Area Four detectives investigate.

Hours earlier, a 3-year-old boy was killed in another shooting about a mile away.

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