40 Shot, 4 Killed This Weekend in Chicago
11-year-old girl was shot in head while indoors at a sleepover
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2014 6:21 AM CDT
In this Feb. 8, 2013 file photo, mourners view the remains of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton at the Calahan Funeral Home in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool)

(Newser) – On Friday night, 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was prepping s'mores at a sleepover party at her friend's apartment in Chicago when, as the girls were about to put the s'mores in the microwave, a stray bullet flew across a vacant lot, through an open window, then through a wall, and finally struck her in the head, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. She became the first of four people killed (and dozens more shot) over the weekend in Chicago, and the 33rd child victim of homicide in the city so far this year.

“When you go in [a] personal home and you are killed in [a] house, how damnable can that be?” a reverend said at service for Shamiya yesterday. "That’s a bad indictment … There’s something wrong. It’s something systemic." The other dead, according to NBC Chicago, include a 24-year-old man shot in the chest in a bar early yesterday, a 21-year-old man shot in a drive-by near a block party Saturday night, and a 30-year-old man found shot dead in a car Saturday. At least 18 people were shot in just over 12 hours overnight yesterday. (More than twice as many people were shot, and four times as many killed, in Chicago over the July 4 weekend.)

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Ed C
Jul 22, 2014 7:43 AM CDT
Yep, gotta give the toughest gun control laws in the country a big round of applause!
Chris Farley
Jul 22, 2014 7:23 AM CDT
What the heck is wrong with the police and law in Chicago. Do they just not care about anything outside the rich areas? LEO's and DA's. Attack this problem. The laws are on the books. Prosicute to the Max.
Jul 21, 2014 8:48 PM CDT
For those of you who believe that more gun control laws are necessary, consider this... Most of the guns that gangs use are illegally acquired from either out of the country, the theft of law abiding citizens gun, drug cartels and several other sources. A small percentage of the guns used were purchased by gang members themselves because you can't buy a gun if you have been convicted of a felony, such as; Using prohibited offensive weapons As a part of corrupt organizations Possession of weapon on school property Murder Voluntary manslaughter Involuntary manslaughter (if based on the reckless use of a firearm) Aggravated assault Assault by a prisoner Assault by life prisoner Stalking Use of weapons of mass destruction Kidnapping Unlawful restraint Luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure Rape Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse Aggravated indecent assault Arson and related offenses Causing or risking catastrophe Burglary Criminal trespass (if the offense is graded a felony of the second degree or higher) Robbery Robbery of motor vehicle Are you beginning to get the picture? Most of these offenses are just a day in the life for most gang members and drug pushers, and this isn't even a complete list. There are dozens more disqualifications to choose from. What good would it do to make it harder for law abiding citizens to protect themselves against the animals wandering (or owning) their area? If the current laws and restrictions that are already on the books were vigorously enforced then gang violence and other gun crimes would decrease dramatically. As this little fact is well known in the State and National legislatures, calling for new gun restrictions while refusing to ensure that current laws are enforced is tantamount to admitting the truth; their goal is to weaken or destroy our Second Amendment rights. It's as simple as that. (edited 2 spelling errors)