11 Year-old Harvey resident in critical condition, victim of gun violence

11 Year-old Harvey resident in critical condition, victim of gun violence
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11 Year-old Harvey resident in critical condition, victim of gun violence

On the evening of Monday, September 23, an 11-year-old girl became the latest victim of gun violence in Chicago’s south suburban region.

The young girl was in her Harvey home, near 158th and Paulina streets, when she was shot in the head by a stray bullet.

The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. Monday. The victim’s family reported that she was sitting at a computer planning her 12th birthday party when she was struck by a stray bullet.

Harvey Mayor Christopher Clark. Photo courtesy of the City of Harvey

Harvey Mayor Christopher Clark. Photo courtesy of the City of Harvey

The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she is in critical condition. Today, September 24, is her 12th birthday.

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“Our hearts are heavy at the news of this latest act of violence against innocent residents of the City of Harvey,” said Mayor Christopher J. Clark. “As a community, we rally around our young resident and her family, offering our prayers and support for her full recovery.”

City of Harvey police is currently investigating the shooting. At this time, no one is in custody.

“As a police department, we are committed to giving our full attention to this crime against our young resident,” said Eddie Winters, Police Chief. “We are asking for the support of our residents.

Anyone who can provide information related to the shooting of this 12 year-old, please contact the police department immediately. All tips are anonymous and will be investigated,” continued Chief Winters.

Mayor Clark will host a birthday balloon release and prayer for the life of the victim, while addressing gun violence plaguing the south suburbs.

Birthday Balloon Release and Prayer
September 24, 7 p.m.
158th Block & Paulina

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

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