Gunfire erupted Wednesday night at a Chicago memorial while a vigil was being held for a victim of gun violence. Around 8:15 PM, six people were shot, two of them fatally, with one of the victims being the mother of the person who was being remembered that night. Other victims included a 12-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, and a 20-year-old woman. The 12-year-old is in stable condition from a non-fatal wound to the head while the 16 and 20-year-olds are hospitalized in serious condition.
The vigil was being held in memory of 20-year-old Jamavah Fields who was fatally shot on Monday near Spencer Elementary Technology Academy in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood. After hearing about the vigil on social media, a rival gang drove through the event and sprayed the crowd with bullets.
Andrew Holmes, a community activist, spoke out against the violence.
“We’re asking you not to retaliate. Why are you shooting in the first place? We know we need help in this city. But you’re not making it any better and the people who know who shot them are not making it any better by being quiet,” he said.