Chicago 7-year-old shot while trick-or-treating

A juvenile is a primary suspect in the shooting of a 7-year-old trick-or-treater in Chicago that left the girl in critical condition, a police spokesman said.

Detectives also recovered a firearm that may be connected to the shooting, Chicago police chief communications officer Anthony Guglielmi said via Twitter.

“Criminal charges pending. Excellent work by detectives <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>& prosecutors. We could have not gotten here without the help of the #LitfleVillage community,” a href=”https://twitter.com/AJGuglielmi/status/1190415260387168257″ target=”_blank”Guglielmi tweeted/a on Friday evening./ppThe juvenile was taken in for questioning earlier Friday./ppThe girl, dressed as a bumble bee, was out with her family around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Village neighborhood when a group of men chasing another man began shooting, Chicago police Sgt. Rocco Alioto told reporters./ppThe child was shot in the lower neck, police said, and is in critical condition at Stroger Hospital./ppThe child is “fighting for her life,” Alioto said./pp”This is unacceptable. It’s a 7-year-old girl that’s trick-or-treating with her family out here and happens to get shot because a group of guys want to shoot at another male while there is a street full of kids trick-or-treating,” Alioto said./ppChicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called the shooting “reprehensible” and those behind it “cowards” during a news conference Friday announcing a href=”http://www.cnn.com/2019/11/01/politics/donald-trump-chicago-crime-rate/index.html” target=”_blank”historic lows in the number of homicides and shootings/a during October in the city./pp”None of that matter if parents that live in certain communities can’t even take their children out on Halloween,” he said./ppPolice believe the shooting was the result of a dispute between two gangs and multiple offenders were involved, but police do not have an exact number, Johnson said. The shooter wore a “Jason” mask from the “Friday the 13th” movie, he said./ppDetectives were reviewing surveillance video from the scene and numerous tips from residents, Johnson said./ppA 31-year-old man was shot in the incident. He is in stable condition after being transported to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left hand, police said./ppThere is no relationship between the victims, police said./ppCNN’s Sheena Jones and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report./p