Teen Girl Shot in Stomach on West Side

Girl, 15, was walking to her grandmother's house from school

Friday, Aug 31, 2012  |  Updated 8:39 PM CDT
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A girl walking to her grandmother's house from school was shot around midday Friday in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Talissia Shields, 15, was shot in the side of her stomach in the 4300 block of West Wilcox Street shortly after 11 a.m., her grandmother told reporters.

"I'm devastated and mad about the situation. They need to quit," said the grandmother, Loretta Wesley.

Paramedics took the girl in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, said fire department spokesman Larry Langford.

Wesley said her granddaughter's condition was later upgraded to stable.

Asked from what she thought the shooting stemmed, Wesley had little to say.

"They do what they do, but I don't know what they got going on," she said. "It probably is a gang thing."

No one was in custody in connection with the shooting as of about 1:45 p.m., but Area North detectives continued to investigate.

The shooting happened just a couple of hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an expansion of the city's partnership with federal authorities to reduce violent crime.
 

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