CHICAGO (STMW) — A 7-year-old girl suffered a gunshot wound to the arm during a drive-by shooting as she played in front of her home in the South West Side Marquette Park neighborhood, and police said they are looking into whether the incident is connected to another shooting that took place down the street.

At about 4:20 p.m., a white four-door car pulled up to a group of boys near the intersection of West 69th Street and South Artesian Avenue and fired shots, police said, citing preliminary information.

A bullet hit the 7-year-old as she played in the front of her home on South Artesian Avenue, police said.

Paramedics initially took the girl in good condition to Holy Cross Hospital, police said, adding that she may have been transported to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

More than an hour later, two men were shot about two blocks south of the drive-by in the 2500 block of West 71st Street.

A 22-year-old man was in serious condition after he suffered gunshot wounds to the buttocks, arm and leg, police said. A 25-year-old man was in good condition after being shot in the hand. Both men were taken to Holy Cross Hospital, police said.

Police said the shooting was gang-related and they were looking into the possibility that it may be connected to the shooting of the 7-year-old girl.

“There are several gang factions in that area and we’re having problems with all of them,” a police officer said.

As of Saturday night, no one was in custody for both shootings, which are being investigated by Area Central detectives.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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