A 5-year-old girl suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle on the Northwest Side, one of at least five people shot in Chicago since Sunday morning, according to Chicago police.
The girl was wounded after a male attacker started shooting at a male victim about 1:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood, police said in a media notification. The girl was standing in a gangway when she was shot, police said.
She was taken in a private vehicle to Swedish Covenant Hospital for treatment, according to police.
It was not immediately known if anyone was in custody in the shooting.
Outside Swedish Covenant’s emergency room entrance, relatives discussed the girl’s condition. One woman pointed to her ankle and described the girl’s wound.
“She took it like a big girl,” the family member said.
Relatives emerged from the hospital saying the bullet was still lodged in the girl’s foot and that she was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where doctors would determine if it could be surgically removed.
A woman who identified herself as the girl’s mother said her daughter’s wounds were the result of an escalating argument between men in the neighborhood.
“They were arguing about something,” said the woman, who has four children. “And one was shooting (at) another one. My children were going to the car, and by the time they made it to the car, my 5-year-old was hit.”
At the scene, Monticello was closed between Wilson and Leland avenues as police investigated. The ground nearby was littered with rubble and materials from a construction project.
The block where the shooting happened is dominated by three-story apartment buildings with narrow gangways, but there also is a section of single-family homes.
Neighbors watched officers work from their windows and porches but said they saw “nothing at all.”
In an earlier, unrelated attack about 7:35 a.m., two men were walking in the 4800 block of West Monroe Street in the South Austin neighborhood when someone opened fire, police said in a media notification. One man, whose age was not yet known, was shot in the chest, and he was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, police said.
A 37-year-old man was shot in the back and went in a private vehicle to Stroger, where he was listed in good condition.
In the Bronzeville neighborhood, a 27-year-old woman was shot and critically wounded about 5:40 p.m. in the 300 block of East 50th Street, police said. The woman was taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment.
In other shootings:
- In the Morgan Park neighborhood, a 27-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 1600 block of West 119th Street about 5:45 p.m. The man went in a private vehicle to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The man told police he was shot when a vehicle pulled up next to the vehicle he was in and someone inside started shooting.
- About 3:45 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot on Western Avenue just south of Madison Street in the Near West Side neighborhood, police said. The man was wounded in the foot and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
No one was reported in custody in the shootings.
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