LITTLE VILLAGE — A 7-year-old girl and 31-year-old man were shot while trick-or-treating on the busy 26th Street corridor Thursday night in Little Village, police said.
At 5:30 p.m., the girl and the man were walking east in the 3700 block of West 26th Street as three men stood on the south side of the street. One of those men fired shots at the girl and 31-year-old man, police said.
The girl was shot in her lower neck and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. She was wearing a bumblebee or ladybug costume, according to the Tribune.
The 31-year-old man was shot in his left hand and was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.
The two victims aren’t related, police said.
A woman, who works a nearby cellphone store, told the Tribune the girl’s father was screaming his daughter had been shot.
Area Central detectives are investigating.
Supt. Eddie Johnson, speaking during a Friday morning press conference, said the shooting stemmed from a dispute between two gangs.
“The shooting yesterday was reprehensible. Those involved don’t deserve to be in our city,” he said. “I’m disgusted but I’m committed to doing everything I can to find the cowards that would engage in a gun battle in the early evening hours while children were trick-or-treating.
“That little girl clings to life this morning. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Johnson said a video posted on social media, tips from neighbors and surveillance footage have allowed officers to identify one person of interest who was wearing a Halloween mask of Jason, a serial killer from slasher films.
“We know there are multiple individuals who were involved or have knowledge of others involved,” Johnson said.