An 8-year-old girl was in critical condition after being shot in the head by stray fire while sitting on the floor of her living room doing her homework in East Chicago, Indiana.
Eastern Chicago Vice President Jose Rivera said in a statement that someone fired 16 rounds of an automatic weapon around 10 p.m., sending a stray bullet through the sides of the house.
Police responded to the shooting at the 4500 Complex of Majon Street and found the child lying on the ground and bleeding from the head, Rivera said.
She was transferred to St. Catherine’s Hospital in eastern Chicago, where her condition was stabilized before she was transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
The police said they did not believe she was the intended target.
Rivera said, “Anytime a child falls victim to foolish gun violence, it affects and saddens us all.” “ The thoughts, prayers, and interested emojis on social media will not bring the shooter to justice.
“We cannot allow these cowardly thugs to randomly open fire in our society with impunity,” he said. “Our department will use all the resources we have available to help us capture the shooter and anyone involved in the shooting.