Fury when a five-month-old girl becomes Chicago’s latest murder victim

Angry Chicagoans are calling for action after a five-month-old baby becomes the latest murder victim during a weekend of crime in the Windy City.

Cecilia Thomas, a toddler, was in a car with her father when she was shot in the head in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago on Friday night.

Police say Thomas was killed after an unidentified woman opened fire on the family’s car in an apparent shootout. The baby was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

A 41-year-old man traveling in 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 the scene and police currently have no suspects in custody. Community activist Ja’Mal Green, who is running for mayor, has offered 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 dead in the crime-ridden city over the weekend.

CBS News named Chicago, which has a homicide rate of 18.26 per 100,000 people, the 28th deadliest city in America earlier this year.

Five-month-old Cecilia Thomas was in a car with her father when she was shot in the head in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago on Friday night

Five-month-old Cecilia Thomas was in a car with her father when she was shot in the head in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago on Friday night

Five-month-old Cecilia Thomas was in a car with her father when she was shot in the head in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago on Friday night

Thomas was killed after an unidentified woman opened fire on the family's car in an apparent shootout from inside the car

Thomas was killed after an unidentified woman opened fire on the family's car in an apparent shootout from inside the car

Thomas was killed after an unidentified woman opened fire on the family’s car in an apparent shootout from inside the car

Thomas was taken to nearby Comer Children's Hospital, where she later died from her injuries. The coroner's office said she died from a gunshot wound to the head

Thomas was taken to nearby Comer Children's Hospital, where she later died from her injuries. The coroner's office said she died from a gunshot wound to the head

Thomas was taken to nearby Comer Children’s Hospital, where she later died from her injuries. The coroner’s office said she died from a gunshot wound to the head

Thomas’ father was driving home around 6:45 p.m. Friday when gunshots rang out in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive.

The concerned father pulled over near the intersection of 71st Street and Candon Avenue after Thomas started crying, 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 from a gunshot wound to the head.

At least a dozen family members of the infant gathered outside the hospital as doctors tried to save her life.

“I hope you catch whoever did this,” yelled a woman at the scene. ‘Took the life of that damn baby.’

Crisis worker Andrew Holmes, who spoke to the baby’s mother, said she was heartbroken and “distraught”.

“This is a five-month-old baby,” he said. “Nine months she carried this baby, fed it. And it takes a fool to fire that gun and take baby’s life.

Then he turned to the shooter: “I hope you don’t have children yourself. Because if you do, you shouldn’t sleep at night, just turn over here and know that you have to look at your child every night. And you took that lady’s child.’

“The baby has just rested, but there will be no peace with this family for the rest of their lives.”

Jackie, a nurse who worked at the hospital when EMS brought Thomas in, described the scene as shocking.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my 61 years of life,” she told the TV network. “You never know what it’s like to be heartbroken until you go 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 traveling in 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 41-year-old man traveling in 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 41-year-old man traveling in 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 bullet casing is pictured at the scene of the shooting that killed Cecilia Thomas

A bullet casing is pictured at the scene of the shooting that killed Cecilia Thomas

A bullet casing is pictured at the scene of the shooting that killed Cecilia Thomas

The gunman fled the scene and police currently have no suspects in custody. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest

The gunman fled the scene and police currently have no suspects in custody. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest

The gunman fled the scene and police currently have no suspects in custody. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest

Angry residents are demanding that Chicago’s leadership strike hard to combat the city’s rising violent crime.

“We’re not going to take that in this city,” Holmes told FOX 32 after Thomas’ death. “We need this city to do what we have to do to see this young lady, this driver, see you both.” arrested because that’s disgusting, that’s a shame, that’s as low as it gets.”

Mayor hope Green launched a campaign to find the shooter.

“A 5-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 for anyone who comes forward to provide answers that could lead to an arrest and conviction! $2,500 if arrested, $2,500 if convicted.”

“It’s time to get to the bottom of this violence so we can create a better city for our children.”

Local residents have taken to social media, condemning the situation and criticizing the Democrats in power for not delivering on their campaign promises.

“A 5-month-old baby is fatally shot in the head while in a car in Chicago. So much for gun control vs hard on criminals,” one resident tweeted. “Chicago Democrats, please step up and defend this.”

“When do the protests against the murder of this kid start in Chicago?” another questioned.

“Chicago’s gun laws are among the most restrictive in the United States…yet…the media, the mayor and the Dems are silent about these shootings,” criticized another user.

Fox News deputy editor Will Ricciardella chimed in, saying: “That in itself is absolutely crazy. What is worse is the reluctance to address the kind of inhumanity and senseless death that continues to occur weekly among society’s most vulnerable and innocent.’

“So how much longer are the Democrats going to let this happen??? The city of Chicago is going to shut down, is that what they want? asked another.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has vowed to fight the city’s crime rate, has yet to publicly comment on Thomas’ death.

Violent crime is still rampant in Chicago

Violent crime is still rampant in Chicago

Violent crime is still rampant in Chicago

Meanwhile, violent crime is still high across Chicago, especially 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, homicides are up a whopping 23 percent since 2019 — before the pandemic triggered an influx of crime onto the city’s streets — with 282 homicides recorded since the start of the year, compared to 230 seen in 2019.

The number of homicides has also risen since June 2020, after the peak of the pandemic lockdown, when 291 homicides were still a concern.

Violent assaults have also risen, with 2,553 cases of aggravated assault reported so far this year. As of June 2021, the city had registered 2,516 cases.

Sexual assault and rape have declined this year, with the city recording nine fewer incidents this year than this time in 2021.

Petty crime, such as theft, has also risen by a whopping 65 percent from 4,712 to 7,770 incidents since last year.

Gun violence — arguably the city’s most pressing and prevalent problem — declined slightly, from 1,381 shootings last year to 1,148 so far in 2022.

However, compared to the shootings of 2019, before the city’s unprecedented crime spree, gun violence rates have risen astronomically by 44 percent.

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