Tragic Fourth of July Shooting in Chicago Leaves 2 Women and 8-Year-Old Boy Dead

Tragic Incident on the Fourth of July

Authorities are investigating a tragic shooting in Chicago that took place on the Fourth of July, resulting in the deaths of two women and an 8-year-old boy.

Details of the Shooting

Police report that multiple shooters exited two cars and fired several shots into a home in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood around 6 a.m. on Thursday. According to CBS News, officers responding to the scene found five gunshot victims. A witness told ABC 7 Chicago, “All I saw was two people jumping off the porch. After I heard the shots, I was looking out the window. I thought it was fireworks.”

Victims Identified

The two women killed have been identified as Capri Edwards and Nakeeshia Strong, who was Edwards’ aunt, according to ABC 7 Chicago. NBC Chicago reported that Strong’s 8-year-old son, Bryson Orr, was critically injured and later died at the hospital. Two other children, ages 5 and 8, were also wounded in the shooting.

Calls for Justice

Police believe the attack was targeted but have not yet made any arrests, ABC 7 reports. Markita Scott, Edwards’ mother, told CBS News Chicago that her daughter died protecting her children and expressed hope for a swift arrest. “I’m just numb,” Scott said. “I just want somebody to come forward with some kind of information so [there’s] justice for my daughter.”

Frank Mixon, Strong’s teenage son, described his mother as “an amazing woman,” telling NBC Chicago, “Nobody showed me how to work hard like her.”

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Community Support and Condolences

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson expressed his condolences in a statement on X, formerly Twitter, saying, “On behalf of the City of Chicago, we express our deepest condolences to the families and the Grand Crossing community mourning the lives lost in the shooting that took place this morning.” He added, “We will continue coordinating with our partners at the Chicago Police Department, 5th Ward Alderman Desmon Yancy, and victim services partners to support this community on a path of healing from this tragic incident.”

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