Chicago, IL – A seven-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being shot in the chest and neck while she was out trick-or-treating on Thursday night.
The incident occurred in the 3700-block of West 26th Street at approximately 5:30 p.m., WLS reported.
The little girl, who was dressed up in her red-and-black-striped Halloween costume, was walking with her father among the crowd of other trick-or-treating children and families, the Chicago Tribune.
Unbeknownst to them, a 32-year-old member of the Latin Kings street gang was also walking nearby.
A masked gunman suddenly yelled out an insult about the gang from across the street, then fired at least seven rounds, aiming for the Latin King, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The gang member was shot once in the hand, but the seven-year-old girl was shot in her upper chest and the right side of her neck, police said.
Lali Lara, who works at a nearby cell phone store, said she ran outside when she heard the gunfire.
“The girl’s father was screaming, ‘My little girl’s been shot!’” Lara told the Chicago Tribune. “Everybody was in shock.”
She rushed the family inside the store, then put pressure on the girl’s chest and tried to keep her awake.
“I was pressing on her and calling her name so she won’t close her eyes,’’ Lara told the Chicago Tribune. “She was looking at me, and I was calling her name. She was holding my hand for three minutes and then she let me go. I have kids — I would go crazy if something happened to my kids."
The child was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical, but stable condition.
"It is unacceptable a seven-year-old girl that is trick-or-treating with her family out here and happens to get shot because a group of guys wanted to shoot at another male while there's a street full of kids trick-or-treating,” Chicago Police Sergeant Rocco Alioto told WLS.
The masked gunman fled the scene with two other people prior to officer’s arrival, and the gang member who they were targeting refused to cooperate with investigators, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Police said he has his own history of assault and drug offenses.
He was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital in good condition, WGN reported.
On Friday morning, Chicago police said that no arrests had been made in connection with the shooting, according to the Chicago Tribune.
They have obtained security footage from nearby businesses that may help them to identify the shooter, WLS reported.