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15-year-old girl shot while walking dog in Washington Park

The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, police said.

Chicago police investigate the scene where a 15-year-old girl was shot May 17, 2021, in Washington Park.
Chicago police investigate the scene where a 15-year-old girl was shot May 17, 2021, in Washington Park.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

A 15-year-old girl was shot and seriously wounded while walking her dog in Washington Park on the South Side Monday afternoon.

She was in front of a store in the 6100 block of South King Drive when someone walked up and opened fire about 3:40 p.m., striking the girl in the chest and arm, Chicago police said.

The girl made her way down the street before collapsing, police said. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Police investigate the scene where a teenage girl was shot at 61st Street and South King Drive in Washington Park, Monday, May 17, 2021.
Police investigate the scene where a teenage girl was shot at 61st Street and South King Drive in Washington Park, Monday, May 17, 2021.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Police said it wasn’t clear if the girl was the intended target. No arrests have been reported.

The shooting comes after a violent weekend in the city saw 48 people shot, including a 2-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. At least six of those wounded have died.

The number of people shot was almost double what it was last weekend, when five people were killed and 21 others hurt in gun violence across the city.

Police investigate the scene where a teenage girl was shot at 61st Street and South King Drive in Washington Park, Monday, May 17, 2021.
A bullet casing at the scene where a teenage girl was shot at 61st Street and South King Drive in Washington Park, Monday, May 17, 2021.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times