Labor Day weekend bloodbath as girl, 8, is killed and boy, 6, shot as dozens are gunned down across America
AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl was gunned down during a wave of horrific violence across America during the Labor Day Weekend.
The little girl was in the back of an SUV on Chicago's South Side when a gunman fired shots into the vehicle.
The victim was with three adults at the traffic light in West 47th Street when they were targeted.
Members of the public rushed to help, giving her CPR until paramedics arrived.
Despite their efforts, the youngster couldn't be saved.
A 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were also hit in the same attack. They remain in a critical condition in hospital.
The girl's mother was shot, but has not been seriously injured.
The tragedy comes amid a surge of violence during the weekend, with 64 people hurt in shootings across the country.
In Chicago, 51 people were hurt, eight of whom lost their lives.
A four-year-old boy and an 18-year-woman, both from the Gresham neighborhood, are among those recovering in hospital after shootings.
Hours later, police shot dead a man who lunged at officers with a knife.
In Baltimore, two people were shot dead, one person was fatally knifed, and 12 others were injured in shootings.
Melissa Hefty, a server at Maryland Blue Crab House in Dundalk, was one of those to die.
She was found after police were called to reports of a shooting at 5.30am on Saturday.
And in New York, a six-year-old boy was shot during a Caribbean festival in Brooklyn.
Police sources told the New York Post that the boy, Maxwell Cesc-Vinho, was shot in the left leg while his mother Patricia Bratwaith, 47, was struck in the left foot.
Three others were also shot in the leg or foot.
It happened just three hours before a 62-year-old man was killed while walking his dogs.
It's understood Michael Scully, who owned five cocker spaniels, had got into an argument with the gunman before the shooting.
Now city bosses and police chiefs have hit out at the shocking series of crimes.
Speaking after the death of the eight-year-old child, Chicago Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said: "I stand before you, saddened and angered, that another child has lost their life in senseless gun violence in the city of Chicago."
Brandon Scott, president of the Baltimore City Council, said in an email: "The amount of violence over the holiday weekend is beyond unacceptable."
NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said the shooting of Maxwell Cesc-Vinho is gang-related.
"This is a notorious gang area that, you know, we've had problems with in the past," he said.
The mother and son were just getting out of a cab when they were struck, he added.
Witness Joshua Kristal told the Post the little boy was being carried by his mother when the gunfire broke out.
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