Girl recovering after shooting; Police seek suspects

A 4-year girl who was shot last night while visiting her grandmother in the Marquette Park neighborhood is still recovering at the hospital.

Khalise Weatherspoon’s   grandfather says she’s still in a lot of pain but is talking, walking around and even asked for a special meal.

“The doctor asked her how does she feels, and she said she felt okay,” said Richard Spires.   “And then he asked her if she was hungry and she said yeah she was hungry. And then he asked her what do you want to eat and she said steak, so if they allow her to eat, I’m going to get my grandbaby a steak.”

Doctors gave the okay and earlier tonight, Spires went and got the little girl her steak.

Just 24 hours earlier, on Monday night, witnesses say two men came out from an alley and opened fire on a group of people on a porch.  The unintended victims, a 31-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and  Khalise was shot in the stomach.  She is the fourth young child shot and wounded in Chicago since the 4th of July.

“I hope they apprehend someone because we talking about a 4-year-old innocent child,” said Spires. “She  don’t even know what a gun is, never saw a gun in her life. It’s senseless.  I mean, we have to stop the violence.”

For now, he’ll continue to watch over his granddaughter’s remarkable recovery.

“She’s a real trooper.  It could’ve been a whole lot worse,” he said.

Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy said today that the investigation is moving forward very well, they’re getting information. But they still have not found the men responsible for the shooting.

Khalise may remain in the hospital a few more days as doctors monitor her recovery.   Chicago police say while the investigation is going well, there’s still no one in custody.

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  • ChicagoCommonSense

    Word is that the intended victim is a relative and a gang banger. Perhaps "Grandpa" should start that anti-violence campaign in his own house!

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