A 16-year-old girl shot in the stomach Thursday afternoon was expected to survive after going through surgery, her family said.
Sandra Fowlkes, who just celebrated her birthday on Sunday, was shot at about 1:15 p.m. somewhere on the 7500 block of South Ingleside Avenue, in the Grand Crossing neighborhood.
The landlord of a building there, Edward Jones, said he called 911 after the teen stumbled into his building.
"The young lady came through the back door with a gentleman when she was hurt," Jones said. "I believe that she got shot the next block over."
"She was calling for God. She was really hurt," he added.
Fowlkes was taken to John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County where she was listed in critical condition.
Her sister, Shuntea Fowlkes, said the family has no idea why someone would harm the girl, who is the youngest of six.
Shuntea Fowlkes described her sister as "smart" and said she has plans to become a lawyer or a judge.
Police painted a different picture. Officials said the teen was so uncooperative with detectives that she initially wouldn't even give them her name or any information about the shooting.