Mother, Baby Injured in Chicago Shooting

15-month-old girl suffered a graze wound to the leg, police said

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    Chicago Police said the shooting happened near West 46th Street and South Paulina Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

    A 15-month-old girl and her mother were injured Tuesday night in a shooting in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

    Police said the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. near West 46th Street and South Paulina Street.

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    A man on a bike opened fire into a group of people, grazing the little girl's leg and striking her mother in the arm, police said. They were taken to John H. Stroger Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    No was in custody for the shooting as of Wednesday morning.

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    Police said they believe the shooting was gang-related.

    As Chicago continues tackling an ongoing teacher strike, it also has come under fire for summer violence, starting with more than 40 people shot over Memorial Day weekend.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel commissioned more federal assistance to help patrol violence-prone neighborhoods after he said the strategy worked in other South Side areas.

    Supt. Garry McCarthy says tighter gun laws are needed. "In my estimation, the single most important thing that we need in the state of Illinois is a requirement to report the loss, theft or transfer of a firearm. There's no requirement for that."