8-Year-Old Boy, 5-Year-Old Girl Shot While Playing Outside on the Fourth

"I just never thought it would hit this close to home," the boy's mother said of the shooting

An 8-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl were shot while playing outside on the Fourth of July in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. 

The children, identified by family as Corey Bondurant and Taniyah Williams, were near West 55th Street and Hermitage Avenue when someone opened fire, police said. Both were hit in the legs. 

A 30-year-old woman and 19-year-old man were also shot by the spray of gunfire. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, police said. 

The boy’s mother, Alicia Williams, said the two were cousins just trying to enjoy the holiday outside. 

“It was just family here, entertaining family and just having a good time,” Williams said. “I don’t hate Chicago because of what’s going on, I hate the fact that there’s a lot of violence. I still love Chicago but I just never thought it would hit this close to home.” 

Tuesday morning both children were said to be in stable condition, according to police. 

No one is in custody as police continue to investigate the shooting.

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