Shooting in Chicago: 5 month old baby shot in head, killed while sitting in back of car in South Shore ID’d by medical examiner

CHICAGO — A 5-month-old girl was fatally shot Friday night in South Shore, officials said.

The shooting happened just after 6 pm in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive, Chicago police said.

Cecilia Thomas was inside a car when another car approached and someone inside that second car opened fire, striking her in the head, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

The girl’s father pulled over near 71st Street and Crandon Avenue after she began crying, according to a nearby business owner.

The infant was taken to Comeer Children’s Hospital, where she later died from her injuries, officials said.

A man who was in a separate car was shot around the eye, police said. He went to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was reported in good condition.

At least a dozen of the girl’s family members gathered outside Comer following the shooting.

“All we heard was baby got shot in the car,” said one relative, who declined to give their name.

“She got shot in the head,” a woman screamed at an officer near the emergency room entrance of the hospital.

“I hope y’all catch whoever did this,” a woman screamed through tears at her phone. “Took that damn baby’s life.”

A nurse at Comer saw paramedics bringing the child in for treatment.

“I’ve never in my 61 years of life seen anything like this,” said the nurse, Jackie, who declined to give her last name.

The nurse said two of her own children have been killed by gunfire and a third was left paralyzed after being shot at a party.

“You never know what it’s like to have a broken heart until you go through it,” she said.

The baby’s mother told a victim advocate her daughter was on the way home at the time of the shooting.

“I spoke with this mother. Yes, she’s very distraught,” said crisis responder Andrew Holmes. “That’s a five month old baby. Nine months she carried that baby, nourished that baby. And it take a damn fool to discharge that weapon and take baby’s life.”

Holmes reminded those responsible of the number of POD cameras in the area that may have captured the shooting and could lead to their capture.

“I hope you don’t have no children yourself. Because if you do, you shouldn’t sleep at night, you should just turn yourself here knowing you got to look at your child every night. And you done take this lady’s child, ” he said. “The baby rested right now, but ain’t gonna be no peace with that family the rest of their life.”

A 41-year-old man who was in a separate car self-transported to University of Chicago Hospital with a gunshot wound to the eye area and is in good condition, police said.
No one is currently in custody. Area detectives are investigating.

Ja’Mal Green, who is running for Chicago mayor, announced a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call 1-800-883-5587.

The video in the player above is from a previous report.

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2021.)

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