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Trick-Or-Treating Children Scatter As Gunshots Ring Out In Little Village On Halloween, Video Shows

Chicago Police say a person of interest has been identified in Halloween shooting in Little Village that left a 7-year-old dressed as a ladybug or bumblebee in critical condition.

A video captures the sound of gunshots ringing along 26th Street in Little Village Thursday.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — A Halloween evening video filmed in Little Village captures gunshots ringing out and people fleeing in the area where a 7-year-old girl dressed in costume was shot in the neck.

It’s not immediately clear if the gunshots captured on the video are from the same shooting that left the girl in critical condition Thursday night. A 31-year-old man standing near the girl was shot in the hand.

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In the video, trick-or-treaters take to the bustling 26th Street business corridor in Little Village. The 31-second clip, posted on La Villita Facebook page, shows people running on a sidewalk before several gunshots are heard. 

“You’re f—king kidding,” the person recording can be heard saying.

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Following the gunshots, several people can be seen running away from the shots.

The shooting that wounded the girl came at 5:30 p.m. as she was walking east in the 3700 block of West 26th Street. Police said a man standing on the south side of 26th Street fired shots.

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.

On Friday, Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi announced in a tweet that Supt. Eddie Johnson had identified a person of interest in the “despicable shooting of a 7-year-old girl.”

The “response from the community has been overwhelming and we thank Little Village for all the information being shared,” Guglielmi wrote.

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.

Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22nd) said he was trick-or-treating on the same block with his wife, infant son and daughter when he walked out of a building to “mayhem.”

“It’s chilling. … I’m so emotional. I was out there with my 7-year-old daughter,” Rodriguez said.

The wounded girl’s condition has reportedly stabilized, the alderman said.

And the man shot in the hand has been released from the hospital, he added.

After the shooting, members of the Little Village-based nonprofit Enlace and the New Life Community Church went out on the streets to talk with people and “engage the community in a productive way,” the alderman said.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “I thank god we have so many good people working hard on the issue. New Life, Enlace and others are working to create a more peaceful community.”