15-Year-Old Fatally Shot in Calumet City

Ashaya Miller was visiting relatives, wasn't intended target, police say

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    Ashaya Miller was shot twice in the back while visiting her aunt. Sharon Wright reports.

    A 15-year-old girl was fatally shot in south suburban Calumet City Sunday, officials said.

    Ashaya Miller, of the 1100 block of Truman Street in Hammond, Ind., was shot twice in the back around 8:50 p.m. in a home in the 500 block of Ingraham Avenue.

    Miller was reportedly taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and was pronounced dead a few hours later.

    Miller was visiting her aunt's house at the time of the shooting, according to the family.

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    Police said the shots came from a gangway outside the elevated kitchen window, hitting Miller twice in the back and a 19-year-old in the elbow.

    "Either it was a tall person or they were making a reaching shot," said Police Chief Edward Gilmore.

    Police said there were approximately 10 people in the home, but no one else was injured.

    Officers in SWAT gear entered a nearby home early Monday morning while executing a search warrant and following up on a lead, but no one was in the home and police are still investigating.

    "We will use every resource possible to bring this person to justice," Gilmore said.

    Police are asking that anyone with information on this case call the Calumet City Police or leave an anonymous tip at (708) 891-7867.