Police chief is asking eyewitnesses to come forward


Police Chief Robin Lees is urging any eyewitnesses to the shooting of a 9-year-old South Side girl to come forward.

“This is unacceptable,” he said. “The community has to step forward. People need to step up and stop the violence.”

Kathryn Carter is in stable condition at an area hospital after she was hit in the back by a stray bullet just after midnight Wednesday.

Not a single witness has come forward, he said.

“The police department can’t do it on our own,” he said.

Police were called to the first block of East Lucius Avenue to check a gunshot sensor call. While they on their way, they were told that a child, later identified as Carter, had been shot in the living room of her 24 E. Judson Ave. home just after midnight Wednesday, reports said.

Officers who arrived found the girl on the floor bleeding from her chest.

The girl’s father told police he was on the floor with his son, and his daughter was doing her homework at the dining room table when he heard gunfire and he told his daughter and her mother to get on the floor.

The girl dived under the dining room table for cover, but not before she was shot, reports said.

Police found two bullet holes in the walls of the dining room, reports said. They also found two spent .40-caliber shell casings in front of a nearby home and three more spent casings in the backyard of the home.

“You can’t be afraid about saying something” about the shooting, said Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, whose ward includes East Judson. “It’s outrageous that a child was shot” in her home.

If anyone knows the shooter, even if it’s their child, they need to contact the police, she said.

We “cannot continue to live like this,” Tarpley said.

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