A 7-year-old Girl Is In Critical Condition After Being Shot While Asking For Candy With Her Family On Halloween

(CNN) – A Halloween night ended with a severely injured 7-year-old girl after being shot on Thursday in Chicago.

The girl was asking for candy with her family around 5:30 p.m., when a group of men chasing another started shooting, Chicago Police Department Sgt. Rocco Alioto told reporters Thursday night.

The girl was shot in the lower neck, police said, and is in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.


Alioto said the girl is "fighting for her life."

"This is unacceptable. She is a 7-year-old girl who is asking for candy with her family and is shot because a group of men want to shoot another man while there is a street full of children playing ‘sweet or mischief,” said Alioto.

A 31-year-old man was also shot in the incident. He is in stable condition after being transported to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound in his left hand, police said.

There is no relationship between the victims, police said.

Alioto said the police do not yet have a description of those involved and are investigating the area.