A growing number of children have been shot in Chicago this year amid a spike in killings and shootings, the Associated Press reports. There have been more than 330 murders. So far, no child has died from the gunfire that’s often connected to gangs. Children have been struck while doing normal kid things like playing with sparklers, drawing on the sidewalk, or holding a mother’s hand. Through June, 15 children younger than 10 years old had been shot, which is seven more young shooting victims than in the same span last year.
Four more young children have been shot this month, including a 6-year-old girl who was sitting on a porch yesterday with her mother and grandmother when a bullet fired a block away struck her in the torso, critically injuring her. Police said someone in a caravan of cars was firing at a group of men on the street. Because the recent shootings of young victims haven’t been deadly, they have received little attention outside of Chicago. The children haven’t become national symbols of the city’s violence like 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured into an alley last November with the promise of a juice box and shot to death, allegedly by gang members out to punish his father.