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7 year old killed in Chicago while celebrating 4th of July at family party

7-year-old girl was shot and killed Saturday night while visiting family for the Fourth of July weekend in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side, police confirmed.


The shooting was reported at 7:02 p.m. in the 100 block of North Latrobe Avenue near West Washington Boulevard. According to police, the female victim was on a sidewalk when a light-colored vehicle pulled up and an unknown number of offenders exited the vehicle. The offenders then produced guns and fired shots in the direction of the victim.


The young victim sustained a gunshot wound to the forehead and was taken to Stroger Hospital where she died.


A 7-year-old girl died Saturday after being shot at a family Fourth of July party in Austin — the third weekend in a row in Chicago that’s seen a child under 10 among the city’s shooting victims.


The girl was playing on a sidewalk around 7 p.m. in the 100 block of North Latrobe Avenue when three men got out of a white car and shot more than 20 times in the direction of the people holding the party, a group that the police said included many children.


Shel was visiting her grandmother’s house for the family party.


“There were kids riding by on bicycles . . . enjoying the Fourth of July, as they should have been,” said Fred Waller, the Chicago Police Department’s chief of operations.


The girl, identified by her family as Natalia Wallace

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