Jontae Adams, 28, and his seven-year-old daughter Jaslyn were shot in the drive-thru of a Chicago area McDonalds on Sunday according to The Washington Examiner.
Jaslyn, one of four children, was pronounced dead after being shot multiple times and her father was taken to Stronger Hospital in serious condition, according to the Examiner’s report.
An anonymous McDonald’s employee told the Chicago Sun-Times that the shooting took place around 4:20 p.m. local time when two as yet unidentified individuals got out of a gray vehicle and opened fire toward the Adams.
Police said they believe the shooting was connected to a second Sunday shooting at a Popeyes drive-thru window, both of which are believed to be gang-related.
The second shooting resulted in a 33-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman being shot and the man is listed in serious condition and the woman is critical.
Jaslyn’s aunt, Tawny McMullen, spoke to the media, describing her niece as “beautiful” and “really sweet child.”
“Put the guns down,” McMullen pleaded as tears streamed down her face. “Our kids want to play, my kids can’t even go out the door because of [the violence.] Please put the guns down, please.
“My 8-year-old baby says she don’t (sic) even want to go outside to play because she’s scared she’s going to get shot. This has gotta stop.”
Jaslyn is reportedly one of five deaths as a result of gun violence in the greater Chicago area over the last weekend. An estimated 22 more were wounded, according to the Chicago-Sun Times report.