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A teenage girl was killed during a drive-by shooting in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood over the weekend, authorities have confirmed, calling the teen an “unintended victim” of what was likely gang activity.
Angie Monroy, 16, was walking home from her job at a clothing store at around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday when a “vehicle traveling at a high speed began shooting indiscriminately,” Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, told PEOPLE. Monroy ran for cover and hid behind a parked car, but the gunman’s bullet broke the vehicle’s window and struck Monroy in the head, Guglielmi said.
Monroy was rushed to Mt. Sinai Medical Center in critical condition. She died the following day, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Guglielmi called the shooting a “savage attack,” of which Monroy was an “unintended victim.”
The shooter was likely targeting someone else, Guglielmi told PEOPLE. He also pointed to escalating gang activity in the area as a factor in the shooting.
“Clearly this was a situation where they were targeting someone else. There were a few individuals walking in front of the young lady. It is unclear if these individuals were targeting one of these other people. It was clearly a drive-by shooting at a high rate of speed,” he said.
Surveillance cameras owned and operated by the city of Chicago captured the shooting on film; the shots came from a beige pickup truck, according to PEOPLE.
Police said on Tuesday that they’d located the pickup, which had been reported stolen at the time of the shooting, and are currently processing it for evidence, CBS Chicago reports. Before finding the truck, the only other evidence police recovered were two shell casings, Chicago Police Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said, according to the outlet.
No arrests have been made in the case and no suspects have been named. However, authorities told Monroy’s family that they are currently chasing down promising leads, according to CBS Chicago.
Monroy, a junior at Benito Juarez Community Academy, wanted to be a firefighter one day, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. But the reason she’d gotten an after-school job was not just to have some spending money for herself, but to help her parents pay bills, the paper reports.
Monroy’s loved ones, including a brother who is currently studying law enforcement and hopes to be a detective, are mourning her loss, according to CBS Chicago.
“I want to become a police detective and hopefully do it for her, because nobody should ever be going through this ever again — nobody,” her brother, Steven Monroy, said.
“I feel like they honestly just took a piece of my heart, because she was my best friend; my other half,” said her sister, Joselyn Monroy.
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