CHICAGO — A 7-year-old girl was killed and her father wounded Sunday while they were in a car in a McDonald’s drive-thru.
The shooting happened 4:18 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road in Homan Square. The girl and her father were inside a car when someone fired shots, hitting them, police said.
The girl was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The man was taken to the same hospital in serious condition, police said.
The girl was identified as Jaslyn Adams. Adams’ grandmother, Lawanda McMullen, said Monday she thinks the shooting stemmed from an argument on social media and was possibly gang-related.
“That baby should not have gotten killed,” McMullen said. “She was riddled with six bullets because of something that was going on between adults.”
McMullen said Adams had two older sisters and an older brother. Adams was nicknamed “Pinky” because she was bright pink when she was born. She was a happy, social child, McMullen said.
“She loved to sing and dance. She loved to make TikTok videos and play games on the phone. She was real sweet and lovable. She was a fun, free-spirited little girl,” McMullen said.
Right after the shooting, Jontae Adams — Jaslyn’s father and McMullen’s son — called McMullen. He is “shaken up,” she said.
“As soon as it happened, he called me and said, ‘Ma, they shot my baby,'” she said.
McMullen asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the police “because this baby did not deserve that.”
McMullen said her son has been shot twice before, with a shooting two years ago leaving him with disabilities.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded to the violence on Twitter, writing, “I am heartbroken and angered that a 7-year-old child was killed this afternoon on Chicago’s West Side. This unthinkable act of violence has no place here. The epidemic of gun violence cutting our children’s lives short cannot go on.”
Police think the shooting was gang-related; just hours afterward, two people were shot while in a Popeyes parking lot in Humboldt Park, and police think the shootings are connected, according to the Sun-Times.
That shooting happened 7:12 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Chicago Avenue. Two men were in the restaurant’s parking lot when someone in a dark-colored car pulled up and fired shots, police said.
A 33-year-old man was hit in his left leg and a 19-year-old woman was hit in her abdomen. They were taken to Stroger Hospital, where the man was in serious condition and the woman was in critical condition, police said.
No one was in custody in either shooting. Investigations are ongoing.