6-Year-Old Girl Shot While at Family Memorial

Girl hospitalized in critical condition

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    The mother and father of a 6-year-old girl shot while at a family vigil Friday pleads for information about their daughter's shooting. (Published Sunday, Jul 21, 2013)

    Editor's note: Despite previous reports that the 52-year-old woman was the girl's grandmother, police said it is not clear how or if the two are related.

    A Chicago 6-year-old girl remained in critical condition Sunday after she was seriously wounded in a shooting Friday night while at a vigil with her family in the Roseland neighborhood.

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    Police sources told NBC Chicago two persons of interest were being questioned in connection with the shooting, but they were released Sunday, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

    It happened at about 7:40 p.m. in the 300 block of West 105th Street, according to Fire Media Affairs.

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    Quianna Tompkins and at least 40 others were at the home for a memorial for 24-year-old Brandon "Bones" Snipe, who was killed five years ago, when gunfire erupted.

    "She ran from the sidewalk up to the grass and she collapsed," said Vanessa Ross, who hosted the memorial. "She just laid there."

    Tompkins was shot in the chest and was listed in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

    A 52-year-old woman was also shot in the leg and listed in serious but stable condition.

    The shooting reportedly stemmed from an altercation between two groups of men earlier in the day.

    "You have two family members who took a bullet for no reason at all, didn't know anything about what was going on, just because someone had an altercation," community activist Andrew Holmes said.

    Police were still investigating the incident and no one was in custody Sunday afternoon.

    "What's the purpose?" said witness Tasha Moore. "Whoever you want, you go up to them. You don't shoot in no crowd with kids and women."

    Tompkin's parents pleaded Saturday for anyone with information to come forward and for Chicago to "stop the killing."

    “We forgive you we just want some justice for our baby. She is fighting for her life as we speak,” said Tompkins mother Juannake Kenney. “We’ve got to stop the killing.”

    “My child loves life, she enjoys it,” said her father Kenneth Tompkins. "She really gets it. To rob her of that, to attempt to rob her of that, is ridiculous. Something needs to be done about this before somebody else’s child gets hurt for no reason.”

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