(Reuters) – A 7-year-old woman who was trick or treating in Chicago on Thursday for Halloween was critically wounded when she was struck by a stray bullet, police mentioned.
The woman was in a fancy dress and out along with her household within the Little Village neighborhood when not less than one individual in a bunch fired photographs, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi mentioned by telephone.
The group of younger males have been chasing one other man alongside the road, police mentioned.
The woman was not focused on objective, Guglielmi mentioned, and a 31-year-old man who was shot within the hand might have been the meant sufferer.
Nobody was instantly arrested in reference to the taking pictures, however a manhunt was beneath approach.
“That is unacceptable,” Sgt. Rocco Alioto informed ABC Information. “A 7-year-old woman that was trick-or-treating along with her household needed to get shot as a result of a bunch of fellows need to shoot at one other male.”
Police have acquired leads on a automobile the group of suspects might have used and tactical groups have been on the lookout for it, Guglielmi mentioned. Police additionally have been reviewing footage from surveillance cameras alongside the road.
“Useful group information is already coming in however we want extra,” Guglielmi mentioned on Twitter.
Chicago, the nation’s third-largest metropolis, has grappled with a excessive murder charge over the previous couple of years, which President Donald Trump has cited as troublesome.
Chicago’s Democratic leaders have accused the Republican president of utilizing town’s crime charge to malign it.
Chicago had 561 homicides in 2018 and the Chicago Tribune has reported that, via Oct. 26, it had 436 homicides this 12 months.
Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; further reporting by Wealthy McKay; Modifying by Kim Coghill