Chicago – A 7-year-old girl asking for candy disguised as a bumblebee on Halloween was seriously injured Thursday by an apparent lost bullet, authorities said.
The girl, who was shot in the upper chest, was transferred critically to the Stroger hospital, said Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Fire Department. A 30-year-old man was shot in the left hand and taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.
The shots were fired at nightfall while the girl was walking with her family and other children asking for candy in a street in the Little Village neighborhood.RELATED
The girl is believed to be a random victim, tweeted Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman. He said some community members are cooperating with the researchers, "but we need more."
"We heard the shots … four shots, and I went out," said Lali Lara, who works at a cell phone store nearby, to the Chicago Tribune newspaper. "The girl's father shouted‘ They shot my little girl. "
A group of men chased another down the street when someone in the group shot the fleeing, police said. It is unknown if the wounded man was with the girl or was the one that the aggressors were chasing. Police say they don't have a description of who shot, and no one is arrested.
"This is unacceptable," said police sergeant Rocco Alioto. "A 7-year-old girl asking for candy for Halloween was shot because a group of guys wanted to shoot another man."
There is a surveillance camera near where the crime happened and you can get video of it, police said.