January 25, 2021

$10,000 reward offered after baby critically wounded in Chicago expressway shooting

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CHICAGO – A $10,000 reward has been offered after a 10-month-old girl was shot on the Bishop Ford Monday morning.

State police said the infant was in the backseat of a car that was driving northbound on I-94 around 11:15 a.m. The car was near 115th Street when the driver of the car reported hearing a gunshot.

According to state police, the driver then noticed the girl, later identified as Ny’Ori Askew, in the backseat was injured.

The driver initially took Askew to Roseland Hospital, but then she was transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital.

Tensions flared outside the hospital, as members of a single family argued. More than two dozens officers were sent to the scene to calm things down.

Pastor Donovan Price said the child was shot in the temple and “seems to be ok.”

He spoke to family after the altercation.

“Emotions and situations seem to have perhaps got the best of them,” Price said. “Two side of the family are bickering and we need to focus on the situation itself.”

On Monday evening, family had a press conference where the organization I’m Telling, Don’t Shoot announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.

“This is ridiculous we have to do this,” aunt Tiara Smothers said. “She hasn’t even made one yet.”

In the last five weeks, four children under 10 years old have been shot and at least 14 other children under 18 have been wounded in shootings.

Pastor Price said it’s a crisis that calls for more than policing.

“We have a level to a problem that people need to address,” Price said. people going to have to look some ugly in the eye in order to address this.”

Police said the shooting remains under investigation.