Two People Arrested After Eight-Year-Old Chicago Girl is Killed by Stray Bullet

Melissa Ortega was killed by a stray bullet while she was walking with her mother. The two had moved to Chicago from Mexico in August. / Gofundme

Two people, including a teenager, are in custody in the shooting death of an 8-year-old Chicago girl killed by a stray bullet as she walked with her mother, according to a report.

The unnamed suspects, a 16-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man, were being held Wednesday in connection to Saturday’s slaying of Melissa Ortega, who was shot in the head while walking with her mom in the city’s Little Village section, sources told the Chicago Tribune.

The 16-year-old was being investigated as the possible shooter, while the 27-year-old suspect was arrested after being stopped in a car that police suspected was used during the shooting, the newspaper reported.

The 27-year-old man had a loaded, concealed but easily accessible weapon as he drove, according to a police report obtained by the newspaper, which did not identify him or the younger suspect.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to join the city’s top cop, Superintendent David Brown, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx at a 2:15 p.m. Wednesday press conference at police headquarters, a department official confirmed to The Post. No additional information was released.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Joshua Rhett Miller

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