A 7-year-old girl trick-or-treating in a bumblebee costume on Halloween night was shot in the chest by an apparent stray bullet, Chicago police say.
The girl was critically injured and taken to Stroger Hospital after the shooting in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.
“This is unacceptable,” police Sgt. Rocco Alioto said. “A 7-year-old girl that was trick-or-treating with her family had to get shot because a group of guys want to shoot at another male.”
A group of men were chasing another man when someone in the group fired, police said. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the girl was an “unintended victim.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the girl was near an alley, walking with her father, when she was struck.
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A 30-year-old man was also shot in the left hand during the incident, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital and is in good condition.
“We heard the shots … four shots, and I went outside,” Lali Lara, who works in a nearby cellphone store, told the Chicago Tribune. “The girl’s father was screaming, ‘My little girl’s been shot.'”
Ian Martinez, who was handing out candy near the store, told the Sun-Times that the father brought his daughter inside as they waited for paramedics.
“Everybody was in shock,” Lara said.
The girl’s family told the Sun-Times that they are hoping that doctors can save her.
Guglielmi said in a tweet that the shooting was a “senseless incident.”
“Helpful community info is already coming in but we need more,” he added.
No one has been arrested yet nor do police have a description of the gunman. Authorities said they will review surveillance footage from the area.
Chicago saw its fewest number of October shootings and homicides this year since 2015, police said in a new report released Friday.
For the past two years, shootings and homicides have been declining in Chicago, and 2019 is on track to continue the trend.
Contributing: Grace Hauck, USA TODAY; The Associated Press. Follow USA TODAY’s Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller