Police getting different versions of what happened when 5-month-old girl was shot and killed in South Shore, top cop says

Cecilia Thomas was shot in the head in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive Friday evening.

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Police at the scene of where a 5-month-old girl was shot and killed in South Shore.

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Investigators have gotten different versions of what happened when a 5-month-old girl was shot and killed in South Shore last week, police Supt. David Brown told reporters Monday.

Cecilia Thomas was shot in the head Friday evening in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive. The baby’s father has told police he heard gunshots while driving, then saw another car approach at a high rate of speed, according to Chicago police Supt. David Brown.

That car began shooting at his car and the father tried to drive away as the firing continued, Brown said.

The father pulled over near 71st Street and Crandon Avenue after the girl began crying, a witness told the Sun-Times.

She was still in her car seat when paramedics arrived, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. They moved the car seat to the ambulance with the child inside it, he said.

The infant was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she died about an hour later.

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