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Tanaja Stokes, 8-Year-Old Chicago Girl, Fatally Shot While Playing On South Side

08/11/10 08:58 AM ET   AP

8-year-old Tanaja Stokes (left) was killed and her cousin Ariana Jones, 7, (right) was injured when gunfire erupted on the South Side Tuesday night. (Family photos/Chicago Sun-Times)

CHICAGO — Police say two gunmen on bicycles killed an 8-year-old girl and wounded her younger cousin as the children were skipping rope in a Chicago neighborhood.

Deputy Police Superintendent Ernest Brown says the shooting happened Tuesday evening in Roseland on Chicago's South Side.

Brown says the two men rolled up on bicycles, fired, then fled.

There is no word Wednesday on charges in the shooting.

Relatives say the girl killed was 8-year-old Tanaja Stokes. The Cook County medical examiner's office says she was shot in the head.

Relatives say 7-year-old Ariana Jones also was shot in the head, but police say her injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.


Filed by Jen Sabella  |