Chicago 7 Year Old Gunned Down While Selling Lemonade.

zbacku 2012/06/30 15:28:39
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CHICAGO (CBS) — One day after a 7-year-old girl was gunned down as her mother watched while she sold lemonade in front of her West Side home, a ministers’ group is trying to persuade people to turn over the killer.

“It’s a sad day in Chicago,” said the Rev. Ira Acree of the Leaders Network ministry, which put up the $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman who killed Heaven Sutton, 7, while she was with her mother and other family members outside of their home in the 1700 block of North Luna Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood.

Acree was no less indignant than Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said to the unknown killer Thursday, “How dare you?”

“She’s an innocent seven-year-old,” Acree said, saying the girl had to try to dodge bullets as if she were in Afghanistan or the Wild West of the 1800s. “It’s horrific.”

Acree said the shooting had struck a nerve, and he said he hopes that someone who knows comes forward with the information without being prompted by the cash.

“You never know what kind of baggage might be associated with other cases, but come on. What can a 7-year-old baby be doing?” he said.

Heaven had told her mother, Ashake Banks, 38, that she wanted to move out of North Austin – which the family had called home for six months – because of all the violence in the area.

She had just gotten her hair done for a trip to Disney World that had been planned for next month, and was outside with her mother as they sold lemonade, candy and snacks under a canopy set up in front of their home. Two men opened fire around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, and Heaven was struck in the chest.

“I had just called Heaven. She was sitting right next to me on my shoulder. Just laying on my shoulder,” Banks said Thursday.

Banks described the horrific sight of seeing her young daughter lying dead.

“For her to die like this – 7 years old, lying on a slab cold, her eyes just open, blood coming out her nose – I just want him to turn himself in. That’s all that I ask of him. And I’m asking for Chicago to help me,” she said.

The shooting also wounded a 19-year-old man in the ankle. That victim is recovering.

The fatal gunshot was fired by a gangbanger who was aiming at a rival who apparently had stopped to buy lemonade.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said detectives know which gangs were involved in the shooting, and said he expects them to wrap up the investigation quickly.

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  • Reichstolz 2012/06/30 16:10:59
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    Welcome to what happens when democrats run a city for continuous decades, the only people with guns are the criminals, and thanks to the soft police presence they are ineffective.

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  • conservyT 2012/07/04 16:36:02
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    My condolences and heart goes out to the Mother and the rest of the family; may this Child Rest in Peace.
  • Gooky 2012/07/04 01:13:12
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    WTF was she selling lemonade at that late hour?We are not getting all the facts here!
  • Selketskiss 2012/07/03 14:50:31
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    10:30 at night a 7 year old sells lemonade...something is wrong with this picture..maybe mommy was using it as a crack stand. Child at age 7 should have been in bed not outside. Was going to go on a trip to Disney World..has money for that instead of moving..Chicago what can you say...
  • Ryan 2012/07/01 03:44:52 (edited)
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    It's a damn shame some of these guys aren't still around to go up there and fix things.

    Maybe something would get done if they were.

    deacons for defense and justice

    kkk vs deacons
  • hasher 2012/07/01 00:45:06
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    ok first of allwhat was a little girl doing out at 10:30 at night??? shouldnt she have been inside the house?? if i was living in a neighborhood that bad i would have had my child in the house. it doesnt excuse what happened. thats horrible. but you never know whos going to get hit during drive by shootings.
  • Aurora 2012/06/30 17:35:56
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    Chicago Obama's home town, which he has done nothing for it, this is what the USA will look like soon enough. This is a terrible tragedy, but I feel sure if they would have had to get a license to sell lemonade she would not have been in front of that house. So Sad.
  • crossboy56 2012/06/30 16:34:40
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    I think the people do not want to put their life on the line to protect childern in their communities.We send our sons and daugther to fight and die to protect someone else freedom but we can not do it for US citizens in our own back yard
  • Reichstolz 2012/06/30 16:10:59
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    Welcome to what happens when democrats run a city for continuous decades, the only people with guns are the criminals, and thanks to the soft police presence they are ineffective.
  • MarinerFH 2012/06/30 16:10:39
  • Farnsworth 2012/06/30 16:01:29
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    “How dare you?”

    Really? that is all you got to say you POS?

    Your city, your crime, your fault. Of course the people of Chicago elected this jackass, so you get the government you deserve.
  • Schläue~© 2012/06/30 15:47:55
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    0bamaville.... coming to a town near you.

    The Librul mentality is creating Uncle Sam's Plantations all over America as the cities decay even further and dodging bullets becomes a normal way of life.
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/06/30 15:30:46
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    Chicago (and many other USA urban ghettos) look more and more like Afghanistan don't they? Brought to us by the liberal scum.


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