While President Barack Obama, black civil-rights leaders and thousands of protesters are absorbed in the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin episode and its aftermath, a 6-year-old African American girl was shot and critically wounded as was a 52-year-old woman during their attendance on Saturday night at a vigil and memorial event for a victim of street violence, according to a police detective familiar with the case.
“As many cities throughout the nation are witnessing protests and the news media are all abuzz on Sunday over President Barack Obama’s Friday comments on race, violence and Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law, there is practically no coverage of this case of viciousness,” said Det. Lawrence Kerrinson.
According to Chicago police, Quianna Tompkins and dozens of Chicagoans were at a vigil for Brandon “Bones” Snipe, a victim of Chicago violence who was gunned down when he was 24-years old five years ago last Friday in the “Windy City.”
The sound of gunshots rang out during the memorial and little Quianna was hit by a stray bullet, said Det. Kerrinson, a 25-year law enforcement veteran.
According to several local media accounts, one of the suspected shooters was captured by police, but there were other suspects involved, all of them identified as black teenagers or young adults.
“My daughter is fighting for her life as we speak,” Tompkins’ mother, Juannakee Kennedy told reporters at the hospital.
According to Chicago’s NBC affiliate, Kennedy begged for those observed running from the scene of the shootings to “give themselves up to Chicago police officers.”
“Please, I know you didn’t mean to do this on purpose,” she said. “Please don’t go through life with guilt on your heart. We forgive you. We just want some justice for our baby.”
The 52-year-old woman, who was another innocent bystander shot, has yet to be identified by police officials.
Witnesses said they saw the woman turn around with blood gushing from her chest and that a “Good Samaritan” applied pressure to the profusely bleeding wound as he requested bystanders to telephone “911.”
“So far, it’s not clear what the motive was for memorial service shootings,” stated Kerrinson during a telephone call with Law Enforcement Examiner.
As of July 21, 2013, there were 220 homicides committed in Chicago, a city well on its way to duplicating or surpassing it’s 2012 statistic of 509 homicides, according to DNA Info.
The majority of the victims were black or Latino, according to statistics.