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‘Can you please get them?’ 5-year-old girl asks Chicago cops after getting shot in the leg. ‘We got you,’ they promise

Kaidence Lasenby plays with a doll at home in Chicago on May 28, 2020. She was given the dolls as a present after she was shot and wounded while playing with four other girls two days earlier in the 200 block of West Pershing Road in Chicago.

Kaidence Lasenby plays with a doll at home in Chicago on May 28, 2020. She was given the dolls as a present after she was shot and wounded while playing with four other girls two days earlier in the 200 block of West Pershing Road in Chicago.(Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune)

Tiana Lasenby kept an eye on the teenage boys across the street as her 5-year-old daughter and four friends played in front of her home.

“Move closer to me,’’ she told Kaidence and the others.

The two boys walked to the corner gas station in the 200 block of West Pershing Road and were headed back when a dark-colored car stopped in the street about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. More than a dozen shots were fired and both boys fell to the ground. One of the bullets hit Kaidence in the leg.

“There were so many kids out there,’’ Lasenby said. “Once they started shooting, it was like a sudden freeze.’’

She said the gunman was still firing when she jumped from the porch and scooped up her daughter and other kids and dragged them into her home. Inside, the little girl started complaining of pain. “Something is hurting. My leg, my leg.”

Lasenby said she looked down and thought her daughter got hurt rushing into the house. “It just looked like a scrape.”

Her husband picked up the girl and told his wife, “She’s been shot.” He called a relative who drove them to Mercy Hospital & Medical Center. She was later transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Paramedics transport Kaidence Lasenby from Mercy Hospital & Medical Center to Comer Children's Hospital after she was shot in the leg on the 200 block of West Pershing Road on May 26, 2020.

Paramedics transport Kaidence Lasenby from Mercy Hospital & Medical Center to Comer Children's Hospital after she was shot in the leg on the 200 block of West Pershing Road on May 26, 2020.(Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

X-rays showed a bullet lodged in her upper right thigh. Doctors told the family the bullet did little damage, but the tissue around the wound was severely bruised. They didn’t want to risk infection, so they will wait until next week to remove it.

Her daughter’s spirits have been good and Lasenby doesn’t think she realizes she’ll have to undergo surgery. “Just give her some jelly fruits and she’ll do it,’’ Lasenby said, laughing a little.

The boys, 15 and 16, are also expected to survive. Police have said they don’t believe they were the targets, but Lasenby said any young male living in the Wentworth Gardens housing complex across the street takes a risk being on the street.

“The boys weren’t doing anything wrong,” she said. “But if a car drives past, they will shoot. … Any male that walks from this project to the gas station. A male coming or going, your life is just in danger. If someone happens to be driving past and see it. They don’t care who it is. Any man.’’

The two boys were almost back inside the housing complex when the car stopped. Lasenby said everything happened so quickly. One moment her daughter was bent down playing, her back to the street, and then there were so many shots she lost count.

Her daughter and her friends, all between 3 and 9, thought it was fireworks and just stood there. “After the third shot, everything went blank and everybody just scattered,’’ Lasenby said.

Kaidence was released from the hospital hours after the attack. “She’s doing better, she’s playing, but I think she’s still in shock,’’ Lasenby said Thursday.

She can walk a little on her wounded leg and play with her twin brother and sister, who are 3. She was even able to see visitors, such as teachers and police. “A boy shot me,’’ she volunteers.

When police officer spoke to her, she asked, “Did you all get the two boys that shot me in the leg? Can you please get them?”

The officers told her they would do their best, according to her mother. “We got you,’’ they said.

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