Police are looking into the death of 24-year-old mother, Brittany Hill, who was shot to death in Chicago, reports Fox 32. The shooting occurred at 1200 block of North Mason Avenue in Chicago.
According to authorities, two men in a silver Chevy Impala stopped near her and shot at her around 8.50 a.m. The mother is now being hailed as a hero as she died protecting her children from the assailants.
She was talking to an acquaintance when the incident occurred and she had her one-year-old daughter in her arms at that moment. The mother tried to hide behind the nearby parked cars in order to shield her child but that did not prevent her from being shot. The child's great grandmother said that she had seen the duo just ten minutes before the incident when she heard the 'crazy shooting'. Hill was pronounced dead by 9.25 a.m. but the daughter was unhurt. She also leaves behind a son. Both the children are reportedly safe and with the family.
The police said that they have located the car driven by the shooter and are currently reviewing the surveillance footage to establish if it was indeed the same vehicle used in the crime. Hill was a childhood friend of the former mayoral candidate Ja’Mal Green, who wrote on his Facebook post, "Brittany Hill was a HERO, when she saw the shooter she shielded her 1-year-old and saved her life and fell on top of her. She loved her kids, now you’re their hero from heaven! #RIH"
The incidence follows after the Memorial Day shooting where at least five people were killed and 33 injured in a single incidence. The authorities ascertained that Martez Cox, 27, and Antonio Green, 28, were two primary shooters in this instance while two other men were also arrested with firearms and would be charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm.
Chicago has had a troubled history with Memorial Day with shootings happening almost every year. In 2016, six people were killed and 63 were wounded. In 2017, six people were killed while 44 were wounded. In 2018, seven people were killed and 32 were wounded across the city.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot had earlier said that "I had no illusions that we were going to be able to wave a magic wand and everything was perfect, but I think we definitely made some progress in some areas and in some other areas we clearly have more work to do." And as an additional measure to curb the Memorial Day violence, Mayor Lori along with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had proposed providing 1,200 additional police officers to be on guard.
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