LITTLE VILLAGE — Investigators have a “person of interest” in custody in the shooting of a 7-year-old girl who was trick-or-treating with her father on Halloween.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the “person of interest” was captured on video at the scene of Thursday evening’s shooting on 26th Street in Little Village. That person wore a hockey mask like the slasher Jason from the “Friday the 13th” movies, he said.
Police recovered a gun and are testing it to see if it’s the one used to shoot the girl in the neck and a man standing nearby in the hand. The girl is in critical condition, although her condition has reportedly stabilized.
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 the person of interest.
“We know there are multiple individuals who were involved or have knowledge of others involved,” Johnson said.
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said multiple people came to the local police station to offer tips.
While the community is sometimes “reticent in contacting police,” the heinous nature of the crime has led “to incredible support from the Little Village community and we encourage that to continue.”
One video posted to Facebook appears to show the aftermath of the shooting.
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.
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.
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.