CHICAGO – An 8-year-old girl is recovering at home after she was wounded in a shooting Sunday night in Chicago.
Jamia Barnes was at a vigil for a 14 year-old boy who was shot and killed this weekend near North Ave and North Major in the North Austin neighborhood last night.
Just before 8:00 p.m., Jamia heard gunfire.
Jamia ‘s mother Jamie Ellis was around the corner when her daughter got shot. Jamie’s friend Ashake Banks rushed Jamia to the hospital.
“Her baby was shot and bleeding,” Ashake said. “I picked her up and threw her in my truck (with) me and my son and we pulled off.”
Four years ago, in the same neighborhood, Ashake's 7-year-old daughter heaven Sutton was shot and killed just before a family trip to Disney World.
“I had to relive that all over again. I just couldn't see another baby losing their life,” Ashake said.” I'm so sick of it.”
“It's just sad you can't go anywhere in Chicago anymore without anything happening to you or your children,” Jamie said. “It's just messed up.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel feels the same way.
"Literally these are gangbangers shooting at each other and affecting the lives of children,” he said. “I've visited hospitals with kids, I've never seen a gang banger there to say, ‘I'm sorry.’ I've never seen a gangbanger say, ‘I'm responsible for doing something wrong.’"
Jamie Ellis also lost a sister to gun violence in 2009.
And to hold them accountable, Emanuel made mention of Sen Kwame Raoul's new proposed legislation that would triple the minimum prison time for repeat gun offenders, similar to sentencing laws in New York and California. The bill includes a three year mandatory minimum for crimes like aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and a requirement that offenders serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.
Jamia, one of 11 children, is Jamie's only daughter. In two weeks she will start the 3rd grade.
She loves gymnastics and drawing.
Jamie says her daughter will likely have to go through some physical therapy to regain strength and use of her right arm
The family wants the shooter arrested so they don't take a loved one from someone else.
“I want them to go to jail,” Jamia said.