CHICAGO (CBS) – A 12-year-old girl is fighting to survive after she was hit by a stray bullet Tuesday night in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, and police have announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the shooting.
“The Chicago Police Department will bring in its full force to tackle this crime. This is horrible, reckless, mindless, and the gangs involved – and you know who you are – we’re after you,” said Police Supt. David Brown Wednesday afternoon. send a strong message to these violent offenders that this will not be tolerated in the city of Chicago, and that the criminal justice system will pay for you. of every resource we have will go to the gang responsible for this. The staff will work around the clock. Our detectives will not stop solving this crime.”
Police said the girl was in a car with her family in the 7200 block of South Oakley Avenue around 7:45 p.m. when someone started shooting from the street, and a bullet entered her head.
She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.
Brown said the girl had just celebrated her birthday and was returning from a birthday dinner with her family when she was shot.
Police sources said three men were in the area when they saw a car drive past. One of them pulled out a gun and started shooting at the car.
When this was happening, the 12-year-old girl was with a relative in the back seat of another moving car.
The relative heard gunfire and then realized the girl had been hit in the back of the head.
They drove to Holy Cross Hospital, and then the girl was transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital.
Police sources said she suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. At the last check, she was still in critical condition.
No one was detained as of Wednesday morning. Area One detectives are investigating.
Brown said detectives are reviewing surveillance video to identify the vehicles involved in the shooting.
“But the people on the street when this happened. So someone knows something. They can solve this crime,” he said.
The director said a $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous CPD tip line at 833-408-0069 or submit a tip. on the CPD website.