9-Year-Old Killed, Parents Critically Injured in Family Gathering Shooting

9-Year-Old Killed, Parents Critically Injured in Family Gathering Shooting

Gunfire broke out at a family gathering in Chicago, killing one child and injuring at least ten others, including one and eight-year-olds, according to authorities.

The city’s South Side was the scene of a mass shooting on Saturday night; no suspects have been taken into custody, and police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying anyone who may have been involved.

The shooting, said to Deputy Chief Don Jerome, was probably gang-related.

“This was not an act of violence that happened at random,” Jerome stated at a press conference on Saturday evening. “Regardless of the motivation for this incident, three innocent children were struck tonight and one of them tragically succumbed to her wounds.”

Ariana Molina, 9, was shot in the head, according to the police, and her father recognized her as the deceased. According to the authorities, she was brought to Comer Children’s Hospital and later declared dead.

Jose Molina, Ariana’s father, told that both he and his wife had been shot during the incident. He reported that he had injuries to his feet and that his wife is still in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back.

According to him, his daughter was “wonderful and helpful, and was everything to him.”

According to police, the incident took place in the Back of the Yards neighborhood during a sizable family get-together outside.

Witnesses reported to authorities that at approximately 9:18 p.m., a black automobile drew up to the scene, and without warning, the people inside started shooting at the gathering.

The tragedy was probably caused by two shooters, according to the police.