Uptown grandmother killed in drive-by: I love barbeques, picnics and going to the zoo with my grandkids

Penny Gearhart (Facebook)

CWB Chicago has confirmed the identity of the 57-year-old woman who was killed during a drive-by shooting in Uptown yesterday afternoon.

Penny Gearhart, who lived in the 4500 block of N. Broadway, was an unintended victim of the shooter. A 58-year-old man was also shot in the leg.

Last week, Streetwise published Gearhart’s favorite things about summer:

My favorite part about the summer is the warm weather; I don’t like the cold now that I am older. I love barbeques, picnics, beach parties and enjoy going to the Lincoln Park Zoo with my grandkids. That is usually the highlight of my summer. If you have children or grandchildren I recommend going to the Lincoln Park Zoo because it is always fun and it’s free! They have lots of things for kids to do. They have an awesome petting zoo and a rest area with picnic tables that provide coloring books and have other activities for the kids. Chicago fests are always fun, too. The music and food are always enjoyable! That is one of the great things about Chicago summers – there is always something fun to do!

Keith Landers, another Streetwise vendor, also shared his favorite Chicago summertime activities. He ended his entry with this:

One more thing: Chicago, put the guns down. Please.

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