Chicago shooting victims

‘These are our kids. That is a school!’ Three suspects charged after two little girls shot at elementary school

Prosecutors on Saturday charged one adult and two teens with attempted murder after they allegedly shot two girls at a Chicago elementary school, WLS-TV reports.

On Friday afternoon, a 7-year-old girl was shot in the thigh and a 13-year-old girl was shot in the hand during an outdoor celebration on the school’s playground.

Police have since arrested 18-year-old Raekwon Hudson and two others, both 17.

Each faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery, according to the television station.  All three also have been charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a vehicle; police believe the car they used in the shooting was stolen.

The gunfire erupted after several former students tried to attend the elementary school picnic but were turned away, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Those former students then went down the street from the school, where a vehicle approached them and at least one person started shooting at them.

The group of older students subsequently ran back to the school and the gunfire followed, according to Johnson.

The two girls hit were not the intended targets, Johnson said.

“This makes me sick,” Johnson told the television station. “These little kids are out here trying to have an end-of-the-year picnic and they get shot?”

The girls were brought to a children’s hospital in Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited them and their families on Friday.

“There is no person in Chicago who is not disgusted by that incident,” Emanuel told reporters. “These are our kids. That is a school. That is a playground. And that is a safe sanctuary for our children.”

Emanuel added: “They deserve their childhood, uninterrupted by a bunch of gangbangers who don’t know the difference between a school and a sanctuary.”

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