Girl, 1, Shot in Head: Cops

A baby girl's aunt heard shots and tried shielding the child, police said

By Christian Farr
|  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011  |  Updated 5:59 PM CDT
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The child was with her 14-year-old aunt and the family dog at 84th Street and Muskegon Avenue when two unknown males started firing at a man on a bike, according to police.

The child was with her 14-year-old aunt and the family dog at 84th Street and Muskegon Avenue when two unknown males started firing at a man on a bike, according to police.

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A 1-year-old girl was shot in the head Tuesday morning in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said.

The child was with her 14-year-old aunt and the family dog at 84th Street and Muskegon Avenue when two unknown males started firing at a man on a bike, according to police.

The aunt tried to shield the baby, who was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital and later transferred to Children's Memorial Hospital. Community activist Andrew Holmes said the child was in extremely critical condition.

Police said she was going into surgery just after 1 p.m.

A 14-year-old witness and neighbor who did not want to be identified said she has lived in the neighborhood for three years and that the community has a major gang problem. 

"I was sleeping and I heard shooting and I heard a girl screaming," she said. 

"I don't like living here. It's too dangerous for people, especially for kids these days, because they might get shot or killed," she said.

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