6-year-old girl was shot in the back and critically injured in the Palmer Square neighborhood Monday night, authorities said. The child was shot about 8:10 p.m. in the 2100 block of North Bingham Street and taken to Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.
The girl was in front of a home when a vehicle drove up and someone in it began firing, hitting her, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman. Police were looking for a silver vehicle, a law enforcement source said.
A relative drove the girl to the St. Mary’s campus of the medical center, and she was being transferred in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, Sweeney said.
Police initially said the child was 7 but later corrected that information.
At Stroger, a few family members were crying and talking outside. One relative of the girl said the family was not talking to reporters but she added that the girl’s condition stabilized early Tuesday morning.
Simon Fernandez, who has lived on the block for 31 years, said the gunshots were loud, and said he suspects three guns were used.
Rocio Valera, who has lived on the block for three years, said she works as a police liaison for local 1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno and has been involved in several talks with police about preventing crime in the neighborhood. One of the most recent safety improvements, she said, was the installation of a city Office of Emergency Management and communications camera on the block.
“It’s unbelievable,” she said. “We’ve been trying to do what we can. We have a camera right there. We work with police every day.”
But Valera isn’t too concerned about her safety as resident of the block and said gun violence is an active issue across the city.
“I feel fine” about the neighborhood, she said. “But it’s getting close to home. There are still pockets of activity you have to worry about.”
At least 11 other people have been wounded in separate shootings since Monday afternoon.
Most recently, also in the Palmer Square neighborhood, a 21-year-old man was wounded in a shooting around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, said Officer Veejay Zala, a Chicago police spokesman.
The man was walking on the street in the 2900 block of West Armitage Avenue when an unknown attacker walked up to him, pulled out a gun and fired shots, Zala said.
He was shot in the right leg, and he was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, Zala said.
Around 11:20 p.m. Monday, an 18-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago police spokesman.
The man was standing in an alley in the 6800 block of South Anthony Avenue when someone in a black vehicle fired shots at him, Alfaro said.
The man was shot in the pelvis, and he was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.
About 11:05 p.m., two 22-year-old men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said.
The two men were standing on the front porch of a home in the 6100 block of South Eberhart Avenue when someone in a passing vehicle fired shots, Alfaro said.
One of the men was shot in the left arm. He was taken to St. Bernard Hospital.
The second man was shot in the right hand, and he was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center.
The conditions of both men stabilized.
About 10:55 p.m., a 23-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said.
The man was driving in a vehicle eastbound in the 1500 block of East 73rd Street when he heard gunshots and realized he was struck.
He was shot in the chest and in the left shoulder. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, Alfaro said.
About 9:35 p.m., a 22-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said.
The man was driving in a vehicle north in the 8300 block of South Ada Street when he heard gunshots and realized he was hit in both of his legs, Alfaro said.
He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.
About 8:42 p.m., two men and a teenage boy were shot in the 5000 block of South May Street in the Back of the Yards neigborhood, Sweeney said.
Two 24-year-old men were each shot in the legs, and a 17-year-old suffered a graze wound to the leg. One man was taken to Stroger, while another was taken to St. Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center, where their conditions were stabilized. The boy declined to be taken to a hospital.
The three told police they were outside when they heard shots and felt pain, Sweeney said.
Earlier, about 5:10 p.m., a 22-year-old was shot in the 2400 block of South Washtenaw Avenue. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. He was shot in the arm while he walked south on Washtenaw, police said. No one was in custody and detectives were investigating.
A man was shot in the Austin neighborhood, in the 4600 block of West Chicago Avenue, about 4:40 p.m. He went to 4400 block of West Cortez Street before calling for help. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment of a wound to the leg, police said.