CHICAGO (WLS) — Investigators are questioning two people of interest after a child was shot and critically injured inside a South Side home on Sunday afternoon, Chicago police said.
Police said the shooting happened in the West Englewood neighborhood’s 2000 block of West 68th Place just before 4 p.m.
An 11-year-old girl was inside a home when someone fired shots from outside, striking the child in her head, police said. The victim was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.
The family of the victim said they had just enjoyed the afternoon together before a bullet came through the window of their home, striking the little girl.
“An innocent child in in their own home, the safest place that she should be,” said 16th Ward Ald. Stephanie Coleman.
Latrice Pierce, who lives near the scene, said after the shooting, she saw her neighbors rushing the little girl to help.
“We just heard gun shot. We ran to window and ran outside. We see our neighbors putting the little girl in the car saying she just got shot in the head,” Pierce said. “She’s a little girl, she didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that.”
Investigators were seen combing the area, going door-to-door and gathering evidence.
“Her family is going through the most unimaginable thing right now, and we need the support of the city,” said CPD Cmdr. Arleseuia Watson.
Area One detectives are investigating the shooting, and a firearm was recovered on the scene.
“I spoke with the mother. I spoke with the father. They are totally upset, in shock, expecting their child to go to school tomorrow, but we need more evidence, and we need more people to come forward,” said community activist Andrew Holmes.
Police did not immediately provide further information. CPD asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact them.
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