Girl, 15, Fatally Shot in Back on Southwest Side

Police said the shooting appears to be gang-related but the girl wasn't the intended target

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    Authorities say Porshe Foster was not the intended target of a gunman's bullet. Michelle Relerford reports.

    A 15-year-old girl who had dreams of becoming an architect died Monday night after being shot in the back on Chicago's southwest side.

    Authorities say Porshe Foster was not the intended target.

    The Ace Technical Charter High School sophomore was with a group of people on the 6900 block of South Campbell Avenue when a man walked up around 9:20 p.m. and opened fire.

    Foster's mother and family friends said the girl was spending the night at a friend's house when they went to Campbell Street to meet some guy friends. Police said those friends, not Foster, were the intended targets of the gang-related shooting.

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    Authorities said a 15-year-old girl was shot in the back Monday night in the backyard of a home on Chicago's southwest side. She died about an hour later at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

    Foster, who would have turned 16 on Jan. 2, ran at least two blocks back to her friend's house on Rockwell after being shot. She collapsed inside the house and died at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

    The youngest of six children, Foster played volleyball and basketball, her family said.

    Authorities were still looking for the gunman on Tuesday afternoon, but Foster's mother said justice will come one way or another.

    "You have the wrong idea about what's going on, and the way you're handling things is wrong. You're taking away from people. It's wrong, and you will reep what you sow," said Bonita Foster.

    In a separate incident earlier in the day on Monday, a man was killed and another was in critical condition in a shooting at the funeral of a known gang member.

    Mary Sistrunk said her son, 21-year-old Sherman Miller, was killed in the shooting that occurred at about 12:25 p.m. inside St. Columbanus Church.

    Another man, 26-year-old, Deonte Ousley, was in surgery and in critical condition as of 4 p.m.

    Police said both Miller and Ousley are "convicted felons and had a gang affiliation."

    Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday the police department's strategy to curb gang violence is working and the number of murders after May 1 has decreased year over year.

    "I can't change what happened in the first quarter," McCarthy told reporters. "What I can do is fix it moving forward."