CHICAGO -- Two men were wounded in a shooting in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon that also left a girl with a graze wound.
Police say around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, 10-year-old Tyra Ruffin was sitting on the front porch of her home in the 4100 block of West Potomac Avenue, next to her dad when a gunman walked up and started shooting.
Tyra’s father, 30-year-old Travis Griffin, tried to protect his daughter.
“He covered me up and then we ran in the house,” Tyra said.
Travis Griffin was shot in the arm and leg. Another 25 year old man was shot in the ankles. They were taken to the hospital.
Tyra suffered a graze wound to her arm, police said.
The shooting is a violent precursor to the Labor Day weekend, after the most violent month in Chicago in two decades.
Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo continues to urge officers to stay home with their families and not work overtime.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson vows his force would be ready, even if officers decline overtime.
“I won`t get upset with the FOP for encouraging their officers to spend more time with their families over the holiday weekend,” he said. “But I can tell you this, the best way for officers to support each other is to be out there for them. I can assure you even though they are encouraging them to stay home this weekend, we will have adequate resources out there.”
Police say no one is in custody for the West Humboldt Park shooting.