6-year-old girl wounded in shooting recovering after surgery

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CHICAGO – A young girl continues to improve in the hospital after she was wounded in a shooting Thursday.

6-year-old Zariah Muhammad is in fair condition. Her mother says she is acting like a typical little girl after her surgery to remove bullet fragments from her skull.

“She's great,” said her mother, Gloria Strong Muhammad. “She’s on the ipad. (She has) all sorts of toys and balloons so she’s at her best.”

On the other hand, this family is also preparing for a funeral. Zariah’s uncle, 22-year-old David McCray was shot in the chest yesterday in the same shooting incident. The whole family was outside at 68th and Calumet having a water balloon fight in the middle of the day. There were at least five children all under 13 years old.
Today, Gloria says for many Chicagoans, the violence follows them to wherever they lay their head.

“Just put the guns down. It’s no running from this,” she said.

Mayor Emanuel visited Zariah after her surgery. He too has strong words for men running around Chicago with guns.

“We have to build a sense of community, a sense of trust and a sense of what we owe,” he said. “Those who commit those crimes should be held accountable. The future of our city is our youth and we need to make the right type of choices to invest in them, from school to after school.”

Chicago police are still looking for the gunman who walked up to the family, asked a question and started shooting. Afterwards, he jumped into a getaway van.