4-Year-Old Girl Shot In Abdomen While Playing Outside Of Chicago Home
One week after she celebrated her fourth birthday, little Khalise Weatherspoon had a horrifically traumatic experience. While riding a scooter outside of her grandparents Southside Chicago home, the toddler was hit in the abdomen by a stray bullet, ABC 7 reports.
The bullet exited through her back. Immediately following the shooting, little Khalise was rushed to Chicago’s Holy Cross Hospital, but was later transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital where she was treated for her injury in the trauma unit.
“We just celebrated her fourth birthday this past weekend,” Khalise’s grandfather, Richard Spires, told ABC. “I just don’t get it. We need to stop the violence,” he continued.
The toddler’s aunt, Pamela Williams, said that she’s totally enraged over the senseless crime.
“We’re very angry. It makes no sense to shoot a baby, 4 years old. We’re very angry and hurt,” Pamela said.
According to eyewitnesses, one or two men emerged from an alley next to the home where the child was hit and began shooting.
“[Her mother] came behind me holding her baby in her hands and said, ‘Derrick, my baby has been shot.’ I grabbed the baby and I cuffed her. I put her in my car and did what the police would do. I ran every stoplight to get here to save this child,” one witness told reporters.
Family members say that little Khalise is doing better and responding to doctors, but they’re crying out for the violence to end.
“She was just innocent, riding her bicycle. These children should be allowed to go outside and ride their bicycles. I think it’s terrible what’s going on,” friend of the family, Gwendolyn Baxter, told ABC.
A 31-year-old male, who happened to be walking by when the shooting occurred, was also hit by a bullet. Thankfully, his injuries were not life threatening. So far no suspects have been arrested in relation to the shooting.