The 7-year-old girl shot in Chicago while trick-or-treating on Halloween is recovering and on Monday, Nov. 4, her family said her condition has been upgraded to fair.
The girl, identified only as Gisele, was shot in the Little Village neighborhood. Gisele was walking with her family and other trick-or-treaters along the street when someone opened fire at rival gang members.
She was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, according to police.
The girl’s family posted the following statement on GoFundMe on Sunday, Nov. 3.
“1. Giselle’s health update, she is doing better compared to yesterday. She is able to stay in a seated upright position and was awake for the majority of our visit. The doctor’s are slowly removing auxiliary medical equipment. And they hope that soon she will no longer need this medical equipment and will be able to walk once she feels better.
2. During our visit today Giselle was awake watching “Finding Dory,” she did not say much but could give small replies when asked by nurses about how she felt. Giselle is looking forward to be able to consume some of her favorite foods since she is currently not able to. Will stop by tomorrow and provide more updates.
3. As of now the campaign has reached its goal and will no longer be accepting donations. Giselle’s father has been added to the campaign as the benefactor of the funds. Her parents cannot believe how generous everyone has been and are very thankful for the support. They still want to maintain some privacy until Giselle is fully healed and ready to head out of the hospital. Once she is, they would feel more comfortable giving statements.”
A 15-year-old boy suspected of shooting 7-year-old Gisele was arrested on Friday, Nov. 1. A judge has ordered that the teen should remain in custody.
He has not been identified because he is a juvenile.
According to prosecutors, the teen was with a group of people that approached a man they believed was a gang member and told him they belonged to a rival gang before the suspect allegedly shot the man in the left hand and Gisele with a stray bullet in the upper chest area.