Seven-year-old Heaven Sutton was selling cold drinks and candy at a street stand with her mother when she was shot to death, becoming the 253rd victim this year of Chicago’s surging murder rate, police said on Thursday.
Sutton and her mother, Ashake Banks, were about to close up their stand on Wednesday night when two men approached and began shooting. Heaven was shot in the chest, and a 19-year-old man standing nearby was wounded in the leg, police said.
“This is not about crime. This is about values. Take your gang conflict away from a seven-year-old,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel angrily told reporters.
“You have a seven-year-old selling lemonade,” he said. “Where were you raised and who raised you? Stay away from the kids.”
Emanuel pledged to make Chicago’s streets safe when he became mayor last year.