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AUSTIN — A 7-year-old girl was killed in the Austin neighborhood Saturday evening while visiting relatives in yet another act of gun violence against a child in Chicago.

She was identified by family as Natalie Wallace, an East Side resident who came to the West Side to celebrate the Fourth of July. Officers on the scene said the shooting was captured on a neighbor’s doorbell camera, and investigators have the footage.

Chicago Police said they responded to a call of two people shot near 152 N. Latrobe Avenue at 7:02 p.m.

The 7-year-old girl was on the sidewalk when a light-colored vehicle pulled up and three men got out and began firing shots, according to police, who said they recovered 27 shells on the scene.

The girl was shot in her forehead and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to Chicago Police spokesman Hector Alfaro. 

Also wounded in the shooting was a 32-year-old man who was known to police and possibly the intended target, according to police on the scene Saturday night. 

The 32-year-old victim drove himself to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the ankle and a graze wound in the leg, Alfaro said. It was unknown if he was related to the girl. 

Outside Stroger Hospital, family members gathered and waited for news. They let out anguished wails and screams once they found out the girl died.

Activist Andrew Holmes, speaking outside the hospital, said “unfortunately we had a baby that was 7 years old, visiting some relatives when individuals discharged weapons, striking this baby. … Doctors did all they could to save this child but this baby has succumbed to her injuries.”

Holmes provided comfort and counsel to the girl’s family at the hospital and spoke for them to the media. He described their anguish, saying, “There’s so much anger and pain going through the family right now.”

Officers on the scene of the murder of a 7-year-old on July 4, 2020.Bob Chiarito/Block Club Chicago

He also appealed to the public to speak up if they have any information about Saturday’s murder or any of the recent, unsolved murders of children in Chicago.

“We still have cases that haven’t been solved. The 1-year-old, the 3-year-olds,” he said. “Stop blaming the police department and the detectives and do what we gotta do because somebody on the streets knows who the shooters were.

“Somebody on the streets knows who took this child’s life. This is the third week we have lost a baby. Somebody on the street in this city of Chicago knows who discharged that weapon and took this child’s life. Let’s find out who this individual is. They shouldn’t be sleeping anywhere tonight.”

On June 20, 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot and killed in the South Austin neighborhood.

On June 22, a 3-year-old girl was wounded when a bullet grazed her in Chicago Lawn. That girl was playing outside when someone in a car opened fire.

A just days later, 20-month-old Sincere Gaston was shot and killed in Englewood. And earlier this week, a 3-year-old girl was shot in Englewood. She is now recovering.

And officer on the scene of the murder of a 7-year-old on July 4, 2020.Bob Chiarito/Block Club Chicago

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Man Shot By Police In Englewood Charged With Attempted Murder; COPA Asks For Witness Videos Of Shooting

ENGLEWOOD — A 20-year-old man wounded by Chicago police after he allegedly fired shots at officers Sunday afternoon is facing multiple felony charges and is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

Latrell Allen, 20, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon, all felonies, according to police.

About 2:30 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call of a person with a gun in the 5700 block of South Racine Avenue. The man, whom police allege was Allen, ran off when officers tried to confront him, police said.

Police allege Allen, of the 5600 block of South Aberdeen Avenue, then pointed a gun and fired multiple rounds at police officers. The police returned fire and struck Allen, although it was not known if he was shot more than once. 

Police officials said officers recovered Allen’s weapon and Allen was placed into custody. He was taken to University of Chicago Hospital. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday the man was hit in his shoulder.

The shooting is under investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

As charges were being announced, COPA officials said they determined the officers did not have body worn cameras and were asking members of the public to come forward with any video they may have of the shooting.

“There are moments when we need help from the public because police accountability takes us all and we encourage anyone with information about this shooting to contact our office,” spokesperson Ephraim Eaddy said in a statement.

Anyone with information can contact COPA at or (312) 743-2672

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