Suspect Released in 6 Year Old's Death: Report - NBC Chicago

Suspect Released in 6 Year Old's Death: Report

Police continue to search for the shooter who struck 6-year-old Arianna Gibson while she slept on her grandmother's couch



    Family and friends mourn the loss of a 6-year-old girl killed sleeping on the couch in her grandmother's house. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011)

    A man being questioned by Chicago police in a 6-year-old girl's shooting death has been released.

    The man, 19, was arrested early Monday following a weekend shooting in Englewood, where Arianna Gibson was struck in the chest and leg. Police released him Tuesday night after the Cook County state's attorney asked for more evidence against him, according to the Chicago Tribune

    Arianna was sleeping on her grandmother's couch in the 7400 block of South Sangamon Street around 6 a.m. Sunday when the house was hit by gunfire. Two other teens were wounded in the shooting and are in good condition.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among those offering condolences to Arianna's family the day before she was scheduled to start school.

    Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed disgust Monday at a news conference while talking about the incident.

    "We have a person in custody who's being questioned," McCarthy said. "We have a lot of information we have to follow up on before we get that person charged. But right now it’s a very, strong, strong lead."

    Police continue to search for the shooter.