Police Close to Arrest In 4-Year-Old Girl's Shooting

Victim may leave hospital this week

By Michelle Relerford
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 6:23 PM CDT
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As police search for the gunmen, family and friends say Khalise Weatherspoon's condition is improving. Michelle Relerford reports.

As police search for the gunmen, family and friends say Khalise Weatherspoon's condition is improving. Michelle Relerford reports.

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No arrests have been made in the shooting of a 4-year-old South Side girl Monday, but police say they may be close to an arrest.

Four-year-old Khalise Weatherspoon was riding her scooter near 71st and Rockwell when two men stepped out of a nearby alley and sprayed shots toward other men on a nearby porch.

"It's moving very very well, we're getting a lot of cooperation from the family and from individuals on the street, witnesses," Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy said.

Weatherspoon was shot in the abdomen area and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital by a neighbor. She was listed in good condition on Tuesday and family members say she's in good spirits, walking, and may come home this week. Doctors say the bullet missed her spine and all of her vital organs

Several other children playing nearby were not injured.

Weatherspoon's family and members of the community members held a prayer vigil Tuesday to speak out against the violence.

"We're talking about a 4-year-old innocent child don't even know what a gun is. Never saw a gun, but she gets shot with a gun. It's senseless," the girl's grandfather, Richard Spires, said.

A Chicago Police Department source says the bullet that struck Khalise may have been intended for members of her family who have affiliations with a gang.

Khalise's family hopes to take her home this week. Monday night she was asking for candy. Tuesday, she wanted a steak.

If they allow her to eat, I'm gonna get my grand baby a steak," Spires said.

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