Child in Critical Condition After Being Shot in Chicago’s Little Village Neighborhood

The girl was walking with a 31-year-old man when a group of men pulled out weapons and opened fire

Detectives are investigating after a child was shot and critically hurt in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood on the West Side.

According to a spokesman with Chicago police, a 7-year-old girl was shot while trick-or-treating in the 3700 block of West 26th on Thursday evening. The girl was walking with her family when a group of men began chasing another man and opened fire, striking the girl in the neck and chest. 

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The girl was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she is in critical condition and "fighting for her life," according to a police spokesman. 

"This is unacceptable," CPD Spokesman Rocco Alioto said. 'This was a 7-year-old girl that was trick-or-treating and happened to be shot because a group of guys wanted to shoot another male with a street full of kids trick-or-treating." 

A video posted to social media Thursday shows the moment that gunfire rang out, and shows people fleeing from the scene. 

Warning: the following video could be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is advised:

The 31-year-old man the suspects were believed to be chasing was shot in the hand, and is in stable condition at Mount Sinai. 

Police do not have a further description of the suspects, and are canvassing the area for surveillance footage and other evidence. No weapon has been recovered, and no suspects are in custody. 

Officers are investigating on scene and will provide further updates.

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