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Mon, 01 Jul 2002 14:16:19
The background violence of American life has become a pervasive hum in my inner ear, more and more audible with each passing day. The potential for incomprehensible savagery buzzes on the periphery of every waking moment. Were we to listen carefully to the white noise around us, we would hear thousands of individual souls screaming in torment and we would become paralyzed with grief.
A 4-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed Sunday night by her 7-year-old brother while they were playing with their grandfather's gun, Chicago police said. The shooting took place in the family's apartment above El Progreso grocery store, 3937 W. 31st St., which is operated by the grandfather, Capt. Fred Konet said. The family kept the gun for protection from robbery in their store. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.