CHICAGO, IL -- Jan. 30, 2013

1) Medium wide shot of park shelter where victim Hadiya Pendleton was shielding herself from rain yesterday when she was shot

2) Wide shot victim's friends send off balloons in her memory, outside the high school she attended

3) Various b-roll shots of King College Prep (high school the victim attended), students hanging out near the high school

4) LANCE ROBINSON/Friend of Hadiya Pendleton: "She was a beautiful person. She didn't never do anything to hurt anybody. We went to school together since we was in sixth grade. I'm just hurting."

5) Sign with name of high school

6) Medium shot, students outside the school

7) Students outside the school

8) Police presence, police dog outside the school


Washington -- Jan. 30, 2013

9) Wide shot Jay Carney entering briefing room

10) SOUNDBITE: Jay Carney, White House press secretary: "It's a terrible tragedy, any time a young person is struck down with so much of their life ahead of them, and we see it far too often. The president and first lady's thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton. All of our thoughts and prayers are with her family. "


A 15-year-old girl who had performed as a majorette at President Barack Obama's inauguration is the latest face of the relentless homicide toll in the president's hometown, killed in a park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her. Chicago police said Hadiya Pendleton was with some friends in a park _ located about a mile from Obama's Chicago home on the city's South Side _ on Tuesday afternoon when she was shot in the back as she tried to get away from a gunman who opened fire on the group. The slaying, one of 42 in the city so far this year, comes at the end of the bloodiest January in Chicago in more than a decade and at a time when the president, in the wake of a gunman's rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 small children dead is actively pushing for tougher gun laws. From the White House, where the president has made gun violence in Chicago part of his argument for tougher gun laws, press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president and the first lady's "thoughts and prayers are with" the family of a girl. The slaying also comes as Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are themselves pushing for tougher local, state and national gun laws and longer prison sentences for offenders, is again worried about a possible repeat of 2102, which ended with more than 500 homicides for the first time since 2008.

About three blocks from King College Prep, where Hadiya attended school, she and a group of 10-12 young people had taken refuge under a canopy at a park to avoid the rain Tuesday afternoon when a man climbed a fence, ran at the group and started shooting a gun.

The group scattered, but Hadiya was shot in the back and a teenage boy was shot in the leg.

Police said Hadiya had no arrest record and there was no indication she was a member of a gang, or was the gunman's target. But police said that at this point in the investigation there were indications that at least some of those within the group had ties to Chicago street gangs.