A 15-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 7-year-old girl who was trick-or-treating on Halloween in Little Village, Chicago police said.
He is facing two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and two felony counts of aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm, WLS-TV reported.
The juvenile was arrested shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. This is the juvenile’s first arrest, police said.
The little girl was shot in the upper chest area by stray bullets at about 5:30 p.m., authorities said. She was walking with her family and other trick-or-treaters along the street when someone opened fire at rival gang members.
A 30-year-old man who is not related to the girl was shot in the left hand.
The girl remains in critical, but stable condition at Stroger Hospital.
The man was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.
Chicago police said the gunman was likely targeting the man who was shot in the left hand.
“It is unacceptable a 7-year-old girl that is trick-or-treating with her family out here and happens to get shot,’ police Sgt. Rocco Alioto said. “Because a group of guys wanted to shoot at another male while there’s a street full of kids trick-or-treating.”