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CHICAGO — A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition following a double shooting Thursday on the South Side.

At around 2:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 800 block of East 79th Street, located in East Chatham, on the report of a double shooting. When they arrived, they discovered a 9-year-old girl shot in the head and a 61-year-old man was shot in the foot.

The girl, later identified by family as Mi’Kyla James, was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition and the man was transported in good condition. On Friday, her mother reported that James has been stablized.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said the shooting appears to be gang-related.

“The child was in the crossfire of two gangs going at it,” Brown said.

An East Chatham mother and her 10-year-old daughter are shaken following the shooting.

“It’s very scary, my kids they’re outside a lot and the last few days I have not been letting them come out,” mother Chavathian Allen said. “The hotter it gets, the worse it gets.”

Hours later, a baby was critically wounded in an Englewood shooting.

The shooting comes after Chicago police touted Thursday that there’s been fewer murders in 2021 than 2020 — a two percent difference.

No suspects are in custody as Area Two detectives continue to investigate. Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip at

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