Girl, 8, shot at family gathering in Humboldt Park

CHICAGO (WLS) -- An 8-year-old girl was shot at a family gathering in Chicago's Humboldt Park, police said.

The child was standing with a group of people in the West Side neighborhood at around 4 p.m. Sunday when someone in a passing car opened fire.

Police said occupants in a blue Dodge Charger fired shots near the 1000-block of North Monticello Avenue. The vehicle was traveling northbound at the time of the shooting, and fled the scene.

The girl was shot twice. Relatives said she was injured in her lower leg, and they doubt the child was the intended target of the shooting.

"She didn't even realize she was actually shot. She ran first, and when she ran she was like, 'Ow, something burns!' And then she looked down, she was like, 'I'm shot. I'm shot. I'm hit,'" said the victim's aunt, who asked to not be identified for fear of retaliation.

Witnesses said the car went down the block several times before the shooting occurred.

"They came back around again, they took the block again and then they came around a third time, and that's when they shot," the victim's aunt said.

Police are looking for suspects. No offenders are in custody.

Paramedics transported the victim to Lurie's Children's Hospital in critical condition. She's since been released.

Witnesses said it could've been much worse.

Resident Selena Easton said she's moving.

"I've had enough," Easton said. "I can't do it over here. I can't do it. I don't want to see myself hurt. I don't want to see my kids hurt. You know, I can't do it."
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