5:41 PM CDT, August 2, 2013
Three teenagers have been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 4-year-old girl as she rode her scooter near her grandmother's home early this week, authorities said.
Laquan Waters, 18, Tyrese Pearson, 17, and Roosevelt Stevens, 15, have been charged with attempted murder in the shooting about 4:55 p.m. Monday of Khalise Weatherspoon, said Cook Count state's attorney's spokeswoman Tandra Simonton. Khalise was the fourth child age 7 or younger to be shot and wounded in Chicago in July.
The girl was on a scooter, playing with her 3-year-old brother and two older sisters just down the block from their grandmother's home near 71st and Rockwell streets in Marquette Park, when two gunmen stepped out of an alley and opened fire about 4:55 p.m. Monday, according to family and police. Khalise was struck in the abdomen and a 31-year-old man was also hit.
The girl was taken by a neighbor to Holy Cross Hospital, then transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was listed in good condition. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital.
Earlier in the week, police had no description of the shooters. Detectives were able to track down the suspects despite lack of cooperation from Khalise's family in identifying the shooters, an official said today.
Waters, of the 6900 block of South Artesian Avenue, Pearson, of the 9300 block of South Greenwood, and Stevens, of the 7200 block of South Wentworth--who is being charged as an adult--were expected to appear in Cook County Central Bond Court on Saturday, Simonton said.
Three other young children were shot and wounded in Chicago in July:
• A 7-year-old boy was shot in the neck in Cole Park in the Chatham neighborhood on July 3.
• Jaden Donald, 5, was shot in the chest at Cooper Park in the West Pullman neighborhood early on July 4.
• Quianna Tomplins, 6, was shot while riding a scooter in the Roseland neighborhood July 20. She was at a memorial for a man shot to death on the same street five years ago.
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