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Melissa Ortega: Two arrested for fatally shooting eight-year-old girl in Chicago, reports say

Two men have been arrested and are expected to be charged in the shooting death of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega, according to multiple reports.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as a possible shooter while a 27-year-old man was arrested after being arrested in the car police believe was used in the shooting, according to The Chicago Sun Times.

The girl was killed by a stray bullet fired Saturday afternoon in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. A 26-year-old man believed to be the intended target of the shooting was also injured.

A man was arrested on Monday after investigators caught him driving a Toyota Camry, which was allegedly used as a getaway car, according to a police report seen by Time. Police reportedly found a loaded gun in the driver’s side door.


The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office told the Time that prosecutors “anticipate charges could be filed this afternoon.”

Police Commissioner David Brown and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx have scheduled a press conference on the Ortega investigation for later Wednesday, a police spokesperson confirmed. The daily beast.

The shooting was reportedly targeted at a member of the street gang Gangster Two-Six, who was struck twice in the lower back and survived.

Melissa’s mother, Araceli Leaños, told investigators they were running to a bank for shelter when she felt her daughter “going limp”.

The family said in a statement obtained by the The beast, that they were shopping in Little Village and were about to buy burgers when the gunfire started.

A GoFundMe, which raised more than $72,000 to cover funeral costs, says Melissa returned to Mexico to be buried in her hometown of Los Sauces, Zacatecas.

The family moved to Little Village last August and Melissa was attending Emiliano Zapata Academy

“They were both excited to start a new life in Chicago and build their American dream,” the GoFundMe page said.

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