Halloween Shooting: 7-year-old girl dressed in costumes shot in chest

A seven year-old girl dressed in halloween costume was shot in the chest as she was trick-or-treating in Little Village on the Southwest Side on Thursday evening, according to Chicago police.

The girl was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. A 31-year-old man near her but of no relation to her was hit in the left hand and taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, fire officials said.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. as the girl was walking with other trick-or-treaters on the sidewalk in the 3700 block of West 26th Street when someone across the street drew a gun and opened fire, police said.

“We heard the shots … four shots, and I went outside,’’ said Lali Lara, 25, who works in a cellphone store. “The girl’s father was screaming, ‘My little girl’s been shot.’”

Lara said she rushed the little girl, who was wearing a red and black costume, and her family inside the store. “Everybody was in shock,”she said.

Lara said she held the girl’s hand while pressing against her chest to stanch the bleeding.

“I was pressing on her and calling her name so she won’t close her eyes,’’ Lara said. ”She was looking at me, and I was calling her name. She was holding my hand for three minutes and then she let me go. I have kids — I would go crazy if something happened to my kids.”

After about five minutes, an ambulance arrived.

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Police had no description of the gunman, and no one was in custody.

The store was dark, and a few people, including a little boy dressed in a costume, walked by around 7:30 p.m.


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