Chicago, IL – A 16-year-old girl was gunned down while trying to help a man who had been viciously beaten by a mob of people on Thursday night.
The teen, later identified as Lizzette Mata, and her 18-year-old male companion had just finished eating at a nearby restaurant and were walking home through an alley in the 5200-block of South Kedzie Avenue when an SUV pulled up at approximately 7:10 p.m., a Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesperson told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Four men jumped out of the vehicle and attacked the man Mata was with, viciously beating him while Mata ran to get help from a nearby friend, according to police.
The assailants were still pummeling the victim when Mata and her friend returned and ran towards them, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
That’s when one of the four suspects fired a gun, shooting the 16-year-old girl in the head.
Mata was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, and was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m., Cook County medical examiner’s office spokesperson Brittany Hill told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The assault victim told police he did not know his attackers, but that he believed the incident might have been gang-related, according to police.
No one has been arrested in connection with Mata’s murder or the random assault on the male victim.
Murders in the CPD’s 9th District where Mata was killed are up 89 percent versus this time last year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The city of Chicago has reporting having over 3,800 shooting victims so far this year.