Aug 11, 2010 9:51 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Gunmen kill 8-year-old Chicago girl as she plays

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.

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.


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