Girl, 4, Shot While Riding in Car on Northwest Side

The shooting is one of 30 across the city this weekend that left four people dead

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    Police say a 4-year-old Portage Park girl was caught in a hail of gunfire Sunday night in what may be a case of mistaken identity. Nesita Kwan reports. (Published Monday, Aug 12, 2013)

    A 4-year-old girl was shot in a drive-by shooting Sunday night in a car on Chicago's Northwest Side, police said. 

    The girl was struck around 10:30 p.m. while riding in the vehicle with her older brother and a 20-year-old friend at Irving Park Road and Central Avenue in the Portage Park neighborhood. Her brother and the friend were hurt as well, family members said.

    Police said the car was traveling down Central when a gray car pulled up and opened fire. At least seven bullet holes were spotted on the side of the car when it stopped in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

    The girl's family told the Chicago Sun-Times she was wounded in the thigh and should be OK. Both men were taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

    The family said the shooting must be a result of mistaken identity. Police said the men in the car deny being in a gang.

    The shooting is one of 30 across the city this weekend that left four people dead.

    Chicago Police say shootings and murders are down so far this August compared to the same time period last year.