A Chicago woman was fatally shot on Tuesday while waiting in a social distancing line outside a 7-Eleven.
Alexandria Baute, 27, went to the drugstore with a friend Tuesday evening to buy a pack of cigarettes, according to the Chicago Tribune. They waited their turn to enter the building, following social distancing guidelines brought on by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
Baute’s friend turned away for a moment to lock up his bike, the Tribune reports. When he turned back, Baute had crumpled to the ground.
“He thought she tripped,” her father, Jeffrey Baute, told the newspaper. “He rolled her over, and she was bleeding out of her mouth.”
Multiple gunshots had been fired, and Baute was struck once in the chest, Karie James, a Chicago Police Department spokesperson, said in an email to Oxygen.com.
Paramedics found her on the sidewalk in critical condition and rushed her to the hospital, James said. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
The incident is still being investigated, and there haven't been any arrests, James said.
Baute was a bassist in a band and worked at a nearby tavern, the Tribune reports. She was staying with her parents after being laid off because of the coronavirus.
Their house was just a few blocks away.
“She was vibrant and happy,” her father told the Tribune. “Full of life, independent and stubborn. She wanted to make people happy and to live life and to be happy.”
He said a $6,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest.
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