Chicago Gun Violence: Stray Bullet Kills 7-Year-Old Selling Candy
319 Chicago Public school kids have been shot this year so far.
Chicago's gun violence has claimed another life.
This time 7-year-old Heaven Banks was struck by a stray bullet after a gunman opened fire in a crowd near her home. Banks ran for cover trying to get home, but was hit by a bullet and collapsed in a hallway.
The little girl was outside with other kids selling candy at a stand that her mother set up to keep them out of the street and away from the rampant gunfire in the neighborhood.
"I opened up the candy store for the kids so they wouldn't have to be pulled back and forth on the block because there's been so much shooting," said the girl's mother Ashake Banks. "I figured they (gang members) know us, they wouldn't come to the neighborhood and start shooting, but they really didn't even care."
A 19-year-old man, who police suspect is a gang member and one of the intended targets, was shot in the ankle and taken to the hospital, he survived his wound.
Banks becomes the 319th Chicago public school kid to get shot this year.