15-Year-Old Charged With Shooting 7-Year-Old Trick-Or-Treater On Halloween In Chicago

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Halloween is supposed to be a joyous day for children as they venture through their neighborhoods in their adorable costumes trick-or-treating. For one little girl in Chicago, instead of ending her night with loads of candy, she ended up in the hospital with a gunshot wound.

CNN reports that a seven-year-old girl in Chicago is currently hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to her lower neck while out trick-or-treating. Around 5:30 p.m in the Little Village neighborhood, a group of young men were chasing another young man and had opened fire.  While shooting, the seven-year-old was shot along with a 31-year-old man, who has a gunshot wound in his hand.

“This is unacceptable,” Chicago police Sgt. Rocco Alioto told CNN. “It’s a 7-year-old girl that’s trick-or-treating with her family out here and happens to get shot because of group of guys want to shoot at another male while there is a  street full of kids trick-or-treating.”

A 15-year-old has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery in the shooting.  At the time of the shooting, the teen was wearing a Jason mask from the movie Friday the 13th. The shooting is believed to have been gang-related.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the city having historic lows in homicides for the month of October doesn’t matter “if parents that live in certain communities can’t even take their children out on Halloween” during a news conference Friday (Nov. 1).

The shooter is scheduled to appear in court today (Nov. 2).

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