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8-year-old Chicago girl fatally shot by man upset with kids making noise, witnesses say

The shooting happened Saturday night in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood

Police investigate the apartment building of the shooter at the scene where an 8-year-old Chicago girl was killed in Portage Park, on Aug. 6, 2023.
Police investigate the apartment building of the shooter at the scene where an 8-year-old Chicago girl was killed in Portage Park, on Aug. 6, 2023.Anthony Vazquez (AP)

An 8-year-old Chicago girl riding a scooter was fatally shot in the head by a man who was upset over noise, witnesses said. “It just didn’t make sense. None of it made sense,” a neighbor, Megan Kelley, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Everybody in the community would just tell him they are just kids having fun playing. Just let them be.”

The shooting happened Saturday night in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood. Police were at the suspect’s apartment building Sunday, interviewing people and collecting evidence, hours after the death of Sarabi Medina.

“Before he shot her, he had said something about them being too loud,” Kelley said.

After the shooting, the gunman was tackled by Sarabi’s father and shot during a struggle, according to a police report. He was taken to a hospital. “He ran over there, football-tackled this guy,” community activist Andrew Holmes said.

Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern said prosecutors were reviewing the case for charges Monday. Stuffed animals and sunflowers were placed at the base of a tree near the shooting scene.

“With great sadness, we are devastated at the loss of another young life,” the Chicago school district said in a statement.

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