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6-Year-Old Girl Shot While Playing Outside in Chicago

The young girl was outside a Logan Square neighborhood home when shots rang out

Girl, 6, Shot While Playing Outside on Northwest Side

An innocent 6-year-old girl because the latest victim of Chicago's gun violence after she was shot while playing outside a home during a party on Chicago's Northwest Side. Katie Kim reports. (Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016)

A 6-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot while playing outside on Chicago's Northwest Side Monday night.

The young girl was outside a Logan Square neighborhood home at a party in the 2100 block of Bingham when witnesses said they heard anywhere from eight to 10 shots ring out.

A car pulled up and someone inside started shooting at the group, according to witnesses. The girl was the only one hit by gunfire, police said.

Family members rushed the girl to Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where she was treated before being transported to Cook County’s Stroger Hospital. Her name has not been released.

"It really hurts because there are so many innocent people that are just [enjoying the] nice, beautiful weather," said one witness, who wished to remain anonymous. "That’s not fair. That’s not fair for the kids. That’s not fair for our neighborhood."

A law enforcement source told the Chicago Tribune police are searching for a silver vehicle, but police have not released those details.

Authorities said Tuesday that Chicago police have responded to four calls at the home since last month. The calls range from shots fired to noise disturbances.

"The house is always reported at the CAPS meetings," said neighbor Joe Kopera. "They're always asking about it because it's been a continuous problem for years."

Bullet holes were seen in the front window of the home Tuesday. A man who lived inside declined to comment, but told NBC 5 the bullet holes were from a a different shooting. He insisted the home is "not a gang house" like others are making it out to be.

In a statement, Ald. Joe Moreno said he has been working with police to address issues at the home "prior to this tragic incident." 

Community members say regardless of the circumstances, someone must be held acccountable for the shoting.

"This baby is laying here in pain overnight, inumaginable pain," said activist Andrew Holmes. "I can't imagine the pain. Let's gives these individuals pain, let's bring them to justice."

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