Fury as five-month-old baby girl becomes latest Chicago homicide victim
Furious Chicagoans demand action after a five-month-old baby becomes the latest murder victim during a crime-filled weekend in the Windy City.
Cecilia Thomas, a baby, was in a car with her father when she was shot in the head Friday night in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.
Thomas was killed after an unknown woman opened fire on the family’s car during an apparent drive-by shooting, police said. The baby was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died of her injuries.
A 41-year-old man, who was driving a separate car, was also hit in the incident and suffered a gunshot wound to the eye. He is said to be in stable condition.
The gunman fled and police have not arrested any suspects at this time. Community activist Ja’Mal Green, who is running for mayor, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Thomas’s killer.
Meanwhile, outraged residents are calling on lawmakers to take action after at least 20 people were shot this weekend in the crime-ridden city.
CBS News named Chicago the 28th deadliest city in America earlier this year, with a homicide rate of 18.26 per 100,000 residents.
Five-month-old Cecilia Thomas was in a car with her father when she was shot in the head Friday night in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.
Thomas was killed after an unidentified woman opened fire on the family’s car during an apparent drive-by shooting
Thomas was taken to nearby Comer Children’s Hospital, where she later died of her injuries. The coroner’s office said she died of a gunshot wound to the head
Thomas’ father was driving home around 6:45 p.m. Friday when shots rang out in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive.
The concerned father stopped at the intersection of 71st Street and Candon Avenue after Thomas began to cry, a witness told… ABC 7†
He called for help and Thomas was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she later died. The coroner’s office said she died of a gunshot wound to the head.
At least a dozen relatives of the baby gathered outside the hospital as doctors tried to save her life.
“I hope you all catch who did this,” a woman on the spot yelled. “Took that stupid baby’s life.”
Emergency worker Andrew Holmes, who spoke to the baby’s mother, said she was heartbroken and “distraught.”
“That’s a five-month-old baby,” he said. “Nine months she carried that baby, fed that baby. And it takes a fool to fire that gun and take the baby’s life.”
Then he turned to the shooter: “I hope you don’t have any children of your own. Because if you do, you shouldn’t be sleeping at night, you should just turn yourself around here, knowing that you have to watch your child every night. And you took this lady’s child.’
“The baby is now resting, but there will be no peace with that family for the rest of their lives.”
Jackie, a nurse working at the hospital when EMS brought Thomas in, described the scene as shocking.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my 61-year life,” she told the TV channel. “You never know what it’s like to be heartbroken until you’ve gone through it.”
The nurse also lost two of her own children to gunfire and said a third was paralyzed after being shot at a party.
A 41-year-old man, who was driving a separate car, was also hit in the incident and suffered a gunshot wound to the eye. He is said to be in stable condition. Police are pictured at the scene of the shooting
A casing is depicted at the scene of the shooting that killed Cecilia Thomas
The gunman fled and police have not arrested any suspects at this time. A $5,000 reward will be offered for information leading to an arrest
Angry residents demand that Chicago’s leadership take major steps to tackle the city’s rising violent crime rate.
“We’re not going to stand for this in this town,” Holmes said FOX 32 after Thomas’s death. “We need this town to do what we have to do to see this young lady, this driver, until they’re both arrested, because this is disgusting, this is a disgrace, this is as low as you can get.”
Hopeful Mayor Green launched a campaign to find the shooter.
“A five-month-old girl was just shot in the head in Chicago. My heart breaks for this young girl and her family,” he said in a statement. “I am NOW offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who comes forward to provide answers that could lead to an arrest and conviction! $2,500 at arrest, $2,500 at conviction.”
“It’s time to get to the root of this violence so we can create a better city for our children.”
Residents have taken to social media, condemning the situation and criticizing Democrats in power for failing to keep their campaign promises.
A 5-month-old baby is fatally shot in the head in Chicago while in a car. So much for gun control versus rigor for criminals,” one resident tweeted. “Chicago Democrats, please, come on and defend this.”
Angry residents demand Chicago leadership take action to tackle rising violent crime in the city
“When will the protests over the murder of this child in Chicago start?” another questioned.
“Chicago’s gun laws are among the strictest in the United States… and yet… the media, the mayor and the Democrats are silent about these shootings,” another user sneered.
Deputy Fox News editor Will Ricciardella stepped in, saying, “This is crazy in itself. What’s worse is the reluctance to deal with this kind of inhumanity and senseless death, which still occurs on a weekly basis among the most vulnerable and innocent people in society.”
So how long are the Democrats going to let this happen??? The city of Chicago is closing, is this what they want?’ asked another.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has vowed to tackle the city’s crime rates, has not yet publicly commented on Thomas’s death.
Violent crime is still across the board in Chicago
Meanwhile, violent crimes continue across the board in Chicago, especially since before the start of the pandemic — less than a year after Lightfoot was sworn in in May 2019.
According to the latest statistics from the Chicago Police Department, the homicide rate has risen a whopping 23 percent since 2019 — before the pandemic sparked an influx of crime to plague the city’s streets — with 282 homicides recorded since the start of the year, compared to the 230 seen in 2019.
The homicide rate has also been rising since June 2020, following the peak of the pandemic lockdown, with 291 homicides still being committed.
Violent attacks are also on the rise, with 2,553 cases of aggravated battery already reported this year. By June 2021, the city had registered 2,516 cases.
Sexual assaults and rapes have fallen this year, with the city registering nine fewer incidents this year than it did in 2021.
Petty crimes such as theft have also increased by no less than 65 percent since last year, from 4,712 incidents to 7,770.
Gun violence, arguably the city’s most pressing and common problem, fell slightly, from 1,381 shootings last year to 1,148 so far in 2022.
However, compared to shootings in 2019, before the unprecedented crime wave in the city, gun violence has increased astronomically, by about 44 percent.