15-year-old girl hospitalized after shooting on West Side

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO – A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital Monday night after gunfire erupted near a McDonald’s on the city’s West Side.

Chicago Fire Department told WGN they initially transported a girl to a nearby hospital in serious condition. However, in an update, the girl’s condition has reportedly improved and stabilized.

Police responded to the area of W Roosevelt Rd & S Kedzie Ave, near a McDonalds, in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood following reports of the shooting.

Authorities said the 15-year-old girl was walking along South Kedzie with her 16-year-old sister when gunshots rang out. The 15-year-old felt pain in her upper left leg and realized a bullet struck her. 

The 16-year-old was unharmed.

A witness at the scene told WGN the bullets might have come from a passing vehicle.

“People started praying and crying,” said Verna Parsons, who waited for a bus as shots rang. “I said, ‘Lord, I hope she will be alright.” 

“Why would you pull these guns out here?” Parsons added. “Put them guns away. Put the guns away.”

Police are pulling surveillance video from the area to figure out what happened outside of this McDonald’s, which coincidentally is the same McDonald’s in which 7-year-old Jasyln Adams was shot and killed back in April. Adams’s father was wounded in the shooting.

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