CHICAGO -- An 8-year-old girl who was jumping rope Tuesday night with her friends outside in Chicago's far South Side was killed by two gunmen who rode up on bicycles and opened fire. Last night's killing of little Tanaja Stokes is yet another unexplainable tragedy in Chicago.
The city is also in the midst of a violent summer on the heels of a Supreme Court decision that struck down its 28-year-old ban on handguns.
Mayor Richard Daley quickly pushed through a new ordinance that only allowed residents to have one working gun at a time in their homes, and prohibits them from stepping outside with a gun, even onto their porches or in their garages. Before that, Chicago had the strictest gun law in the U.S. since 1982.
On Tuesday, a Chicago woman was shot dead by her former fiance who then turned the gun on himself in southwest suburban Chicago Ridge. On Monday, a 5-year-old boy was playing at home in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood with his twin brother when he was accidentally shot dead with a gun they'd found.
Early Sunday morning, a man was killed during a shooting that erupted likely between rival gangs who were just "firing into the crowd" in a Far South Side park. On the same day a 15-year-old was shot dead on the West Side and an 8-year-old boy was nearly killed on the way home from church.
But Daley and police officials have said murder and violent crimes are not on the rise this year, or even for the summer. The young age of the victims and the tragic circumstances of the recent shootings have, however, alarmed the city.