EVANSTON — A 13-year-old girl is fighting for her life after Evanston police say she was shot Monday night.

Around 6:20 p.m., officers responding to the 1300 block of Fowler Avenue found the girl suffering from a gunshot wound. The teen was in a backyard with friends when shots were fired.

First responders rushed the girl to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

According to police, an early investigation suggests an unknown offender fired a gun over a fence into a backyard occupied by several juveniles.

On Tuesday, police said they do not believe the girl was the intended target.

“Tragedies like these not only affect the family of the victim but our community as a whole and it leaves scars on our community that are often very hard to heal,” said Evanston Police Sergeant Kenny Carter.

The shooter remains at large, leaving some neighbors on edge.

“It’s definitely dangerous, especially knowing that my 12-year-old nephew rides his bike all the way around here,” said Ryan Staine. “We already have to watch out for predators, that’s already a problem. Then, we have people with guns walking around looking for their next victim. That’s kind of sad.” 

Anyone with information can contact Evanston police at 847-866-5050.