By Peter Nickeas and Anthony Souffle
11:13 AM CDT, June 16, 2013
Chicago police investigate the scene on the 2500 block of South Ridgeway Avenue in Chicago where three people were shot Saturday, including one who died. (Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune) MORE PHOTOS
Nine-year-old Jimena and ten-year-old Gimena scrambled to get inside their Little Village coach house when the rain started Saturday night.
The gunfire hadn't started yet. Then, as the friends played with dolls in the front room, a man across the street approached a group that was standing on Ridgeway Avenue just north of 26th Street.
He started shooting, and when he was done, 21-year-old Ricardo Herrera, about 1.5 miles from his home in the 2400 block of South Marshall Boulevard, lay dead in a gangway and two others were hospitalized with serious wounds.
"Escuchamos (We heard) boom-boom-boom-boom-boom," said Jimena's mother Maria Hernandez in Spanish to her daughter, who recounted hearing the gunfire.
The 9-year-old had just returned from the kitchen with dinner, and both bolted to the window to see what happened.
"Then after you got your ketchup" – here Gimena looked at her younger friend – "boom. We thought they were fireworks."
"But they weren't," the younger one chimed in.