Serenity Broughton, 7, was killed and her 6-year-old sister, Aubrey Broughton, was wounded in a shooting in the Belmont Central community of Chicago Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred around 3:00 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire on a parked vehicle. Serenity and Aubrey Broughton were sitting in the car when the bullets started flying.
Serenity Broughton was shot in the chest and was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her sister was shot in the chest and the right armpit but is expected to recover. The little girl was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in serious but stable condition, according to reports.
Police have not identified the shooter, and it’s unclear what the motive in the Belmont Center shooting was. Police arrived at West Grand Avenue after receiving reports of shots fired. Officers found the sisters in a parked car suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Brian McDermott explained during a press conference that the victim’s mother was strapping them into the backseat when the suspect opened fire. It is not believed that Serenity Broughton or her sister were the intended targets.
“To say that I am sad and outraged would be an understatement. I can only hope that every resident of the city is as angry, saddened, and outraged as I am at this time. Too many young people have lost their lives to senseless gun violence in the city of Chicago,” McDermott said.
Regina Broughton, Serenity and Aubrey’s paternal grandmother, explained that both girls had just left their other grandmother’s house when the shooting took place. She explained that Serenity Broughton “was getting in a car coming from her grandma’s house, and her life was ended at that moment. I mean, that’s just senseless.”
She continued, saying that “someone should come forth and say something. Someone should come forth and help the family and help us – because it didn’t have to happen to her. It shouldn’t have happened to her. She was innocent. She was 7. Her birthday was coming up in November.”
Police reported that a $2,000 reward is offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. The police chief requested that anyone, even if they want to stay anonymous, should submit a tip at cpdtip.com.
The tragic shooting that ended the life of Serenity Broughton and wounded her 6-year-old sister was only one of many shootings across Chicago this weekend – at least five people died and 42 others were injured. The first shooting occurred at 5:15 p.m. on Friday in Belmont Cragin. An 18-year-old man was shot and killed when a suspect inside a vehicle opened fire before fleeing the scene.
Another person was killed and two more were injured on Friday evening during a shooting on the Eisenhower Expressway. Several more shootings occurred all over the city, with men, women, and children of all ages suffering from fatal and life-threatening gunshot wounds. Police reported a shooting in the Douglas Park neighborhood at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. A 32-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition after sustaining multiple bullet wounds.
While this weekend’s casualties were fewer than last weekend, police and city leaders are extremely concerned by the continuous gun violence plaguing the city. Last weekend, 73 people were shot, 11 of which died from their injuries. The violence continues to surge despite programs launched by the Chicago Police Department to curb shootings and limit illegal guns in the city.
In one attempt to prevent the rising gun violence in Chicago, Police Superintendent David Brown created a 50-officer team to target gun trafficking in the city, as well as take down anyone who is facilitating the flow of illegal guns into Chicago. The surge seemed to continue regardless of police action and communities are wondering if more needs to be done.