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12-year-old girl fatally shot in Hazel Crest

Erica Gibson suffered a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A girl, 12, was killed in a shooting May 8, 2021, in Hazel Crest.
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A 12-year-old girl from Gresham on the South Side was killed in a shooting Saturday in suburban Hazel Crest.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. in the 17600 block of Arlington Lane, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Officers responded to call of a person shot at that address and found Erica Gibson with a gunshot wound, Hazel Crest police said in a statement.

She was taken to South Suburban Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:53 p.m., police said.

An autopsy ruled her death a homicide, saying she died of a gunshot wound to her head, the medical examiner’s office said.

Hazel Crest police said no one was in custody in connection with the incident, but didn’t release details on the circumstances of the shooting.