Teens Charged in Shooting of 4-Year-Old Girl

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    Laquan Waters (left), Tyrese Pearson (right) and a 15-year-old boy were charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a 4-year-old girl, police said.

    Three teens were charged Friday in connection to the shooting of a 4-year-old South Side girl Monday.

    Laquan Waters, 18, Tyrese Pearson, 17, and a 15-year-old boy were charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, police said.

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    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.

    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, but a 35-year-old man was injured in the shooting.

    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,"  said Richard Spires, the girl's grandfather.

    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.

    Police said the arrest was made “using good old fashioned detective work” and noted they did not have any cooperation from the family.