Doctors optimistic after 7-year-old girl critically wounded in Christmas shooting

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CHICAGO — Police are releasing new details after a 7-year-old girl was shot inside her Brighton Park home in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Officers said a stray bullet went into the home in the 3500 block of South Washtenaw Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. Christmas morning. Police said the girl was in the living room watching TV when the bullet struck her.

She was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

Police said the girl was not the intended target.

A 38-year-old man was also shot in the leg and is in stable condition. He is known to police.

The girl remains in the hospital, but 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas received a positive update on her condition. 

“Today, I’m happy to report from sources from the district CPD that the little girl is going into a second operation and the prognosis is very positive, according to her doctors, Cardenas said.

The girl’s family released a statement saying in part they are “grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”

The Christmas shooting follows the shooting of a 7-year-old girl on Halloween. She was out trick-or-treating when authorities said she was caught in the middle gang-related gunfire.

Chicago police do not have anyone in custody.


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