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8-year-old girl killed, 2 others shot in Canaryville

Dajore Wilson was traveling in a car with three other people, including her mother, when someone in another car opened fire at 47th Street and South Union Avenue, police said.

Chicago police investigate the scene where 3 people were shot including an 8-year-old girl who was shot fatally Sept. 7, 2020, in Canaryville.
Chicago police investigate the scene where 3 people were shot including an 8-year-old girl who was shot fatally Sept. 7, 2020, in Canaryville.
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An 8-year-old girl was killed and two other people were shot in Canaryville Monday evening.

Shortly before 6 p.m., the child was among four people who were in a Subaru SUV that was stopped at a red light at 47th and Union.

A Dodge Charger was behind the SUV, and when the stoplight turned green, someone in the Charger opened fire, striking the child, as well as a 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman who were also in the SUV, police said.

The Charger then made a U-turn and drove off south on Union.

“I stand here before you saddened and angered that another child has lost their life to senseless gun violence in the city of Chicago,” Chicago Police Department Chief of Operations Brian McDermott told reporters at the crime scene.

The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police. The man and woman were both taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. They were listed in serious condition, each with a gunshot wound to the back.

The shooting also triggered a crash, and dozens of Canaryville residents milled about the area gawking at the damaged vehicles and the officers who were processing the crime scene

The deceased child’s mother was also in the SUV at the time and was wounded in the crash, police said. She was also taken to the University of Chicago, in good condition.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the girl as being Dajore Wilson. An autopsy ruled her death a homicide. The girl is the sixth child 10 or younger to be murdered in Chicago since late June, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

As of 10 p.m. Monday, at least seven people were killed and another 44 were wounded in shootings across the city over Labor Day weekend.

Contributing: Carly Behm

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