UPDATE: Suspect Arrested In Shooting Of 7-Year-Old Girl Trick-Or-Treating In Little Village

Sun-Times Media Wire
November 01, 2019 - 11:01 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --Chicago police say they have a person of interest in custody after a 7-year-old girl was shot while trick-or-treating Thursday in Little Village.

“A juvenile person of interest is in police custody and being interrogated by Area Central Detectives,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

He said detectives were working to identify other people who may be involved.

Earlier Thursday, police said detectives recovered a firearm that may be connected to the shooting.

The gunman, according to Johnson, was wearing a 'Jason' Halloween mask when he fired at other - gang members - striking and critically wounding the 7-year-old girl.

"The shooting yesterday was reprehensible. Those involved don't deserve to be in our city. So I am disgusted, but committed to doing everything we can to find the cowards that would engage in a gun battle in the early evening hours while children were trick-or-treating," Johnson said.

The shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. when at least two people walked up to another group of people standing in 3700 block of West 26th Street and began firing at them, according to police.

The girl was struck by a stray bullet and was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. She was expected to be transferred to Comer Medical Center. Family members of the girl prayed outside Stroger on Thursday night.

“That little girl is clinging to life this morning,” Johnson said in the news conference.

Police said they would be pulling video surveillance footage from a nearby POD police camera and said tips had already been passed along to the department from members of the community.

Police said at least three suspects ran off after the shooting. Extra patrols were being added to the area to search for people who matched a description of the shooters that was provided to police.

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