CHICAGO (CBS) — An 8-year-old girl was shot and wounded Sunday afternoon at a barbecue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
As CBS 2’s Eric Cox reported, witnesses from the family barbecue were still on hand as of 5:30 p.m., as officers investigated the area and put down evidence markers.
Cox spoke with the victim’s older sister, who identified the victim as Abrianna Barron.
Police said Abrianna was playing among a group of kids at the barbecue in the 1000 block of North Monticello Avenue, near Augusta Boulevard and about a mile west of the park of Humboldt Park.
Someone fired shots from a blue Dodge Charger headed north on the street, police said. Witnesses said the Dodge Charger circled the block a few times before someone fired seven or eight shots.
“They really don’t got no heart. They tried to shoot the child,” said Jamaica Galloway.
Abrianna was grazed in the leg and was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, police said.
“That little girl is innocent. She ain’t did nothing to nobody. Just trying to play; be herself,” Galloway continued. “She’s just trying to be a kid — can’t even be a kid.”
Abrianna was released later in the evening, and loved ones said she was doing better back at home.
Abrianna’s father, Albert Barron, shared photos on his Facebook page a few hours after the shooting. Both of them were all smiles aft the scary situation Sunday afternoon.
On his Facebook page, Abrianna’s father thanked everyone for their prayers, and thanked God for being “so good to me.”
But some neighbors have had it.
“We’re living in a neighborhood where things are happening like this all the time,” said neighbor Selena Easton.
Easton lives steps away from where Abrianna was shot near Monticello Avenue and Augusta Boulevard – or at least she did.
“We’re not safe here. We’re not safe here,” she said. “Guess what — I’ve already packed and moved my stuff out.”
No one was in custody late Sunday afternoon. Area North detectives were investigating.
“You’ve got ignorant young men out here who don’t care about shooting into a crowd, knowing there’s kids out here,” Galloway said.
Some family members, including the victim’s older sister, said they already know who the shooter is — though they would not say whether they shared that information with police. The victim’s sister said she will do everything in her power to make sure the gunman ends up behind bars.