Chicago police are investigating a homicide in which two mothers who advocated to end violence and crime in their neighborhood were gunned down in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood last week in a drive-by shooting.
The victims were identified as 26-year-old Chantel Grant and 36-year-old Andrea Stoudemire, both of whom volunteered with Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK), the organization said in a Facebook post.
MASK founder Tamar Manasseh said at a news conference Sunday that in a place where mothers go to seek safety and sisterhood were killed, she took the case as a personal threat.
Accordingly, someone from inside a blue SUV opened fire into the MASK volunteers who were gathering as usual just before 10 p.m. Sunday.
Grant and Stoudemire were shot a number of times. They were airlifted to a hospital but pronounced dead later, police said. Two other people including a 58-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were also shot.
Respectively, the man suffered minor injuries after falling to the ground, and the other man was shot in his arm. He is currently listed in stable condition, police said.
It’s unclear whether the women were the intended targets but authorities believe one of the men may have been a target.
Manasseh said at Sunday’s news conference that Grant was “a dedicated mother.” Stoudemire, was “somebody who would stick up for other young women in the community, even if she didn’t know them,” she said.
MASK was founded in 2015 and works to “interrupt violence and crime, and teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies,” its website states.