A 15-year-old girl was shot to death as she stood with friends in a backyard in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the South Side, police said.
Porshe Foster was standing with two other teens, 16 and 18, when someone walked up and opened fire around 9:20 p.m. Monday in the 6900 block of South Campbell Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, citing preliminary information.
Porshe was struck in the back and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. She was pronounced dead there at 10:06 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Police said the shooting apparently was gang-related but that Porshe did not appear to be the intended target. A red vehicle was seen driving around the block several times before the shooting, but authorities have not determined whether it was related to the shooting, police said.
No suspects were in custody this morning.
Community activist Andrew Holmes, who talked to the girl’s family at the hospital, urged anyone with information to come forward. He and others were passing out cards with phone numbers to call.
“Anybody that knows any information, just turn this information over,” he said. “Someone that was in that crew knows who fired and discharged that weapons and took that young lady’s life.”