Police: 7-year-old girl critical after shots fired into Brighton Park home on Christmas

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CHICAGO - A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after shots were fired into her home early on Christmas.

At around 1:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the 3500 block of South Washtenaw Avenue on the report of a shooting.

Police said a 7-year-old girl was shot when a suspect fired into the Brighton Park home from the sidewalk. She was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

A man was also shot in the leg and is in stable condition.

Community activist Andrew Holmes spoke to the girl’s family. He said she was shot as the family was gathered around the table for Christmas.

"This baby should have been unwrapping gifts not in the hospital looking at doctors," Holmes said.

Just a few houses down on the block, neighbor Ana Del Rio said she heard five gunshots.

"We heard the gunshots," Del Rio said. "It was really, really close to home."

Chicago police do not have anyone in custody. Area Central detectives are investigating.

"As we gather for the holiday, we renew our commitment to protect our children from harm. Praying for the young girl struck by a bullet in Brighton Park," Mayor Lightfoot said on Twitter. "To the family, CPD will do everything possible to bring the perpetrator to justice. As a City, you have our love and support."

On Christmas morning, the family issued the following statement.

The family of the 7-year-old girl who was shot in Brighton Park is grateful for the outpouring of love and support. She remains in critical condition. At this time, the family is requesting privacy. No interviews will be granted.  No additional updates will be provided today.

You can submit an anonymous tip at CPDtip.com

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