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7-year-old girl shot in leg, man wounded on South Side

A 7-year-old girl was shot in the leg when gunshots rang out Saturday following an argument in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Police are questioning a “person of interest” in the shooting, which took place in the 5700 block of South Hoyne Avenue and also left a 45-year-old man wounded.

Two people were arguing when one pulled a gun and began firing, striking the 7-year-old girl in the leg and the man in the back, police said.

Paramedics initially took the girl to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis said. The bullet appeared to go through the girls right leg, and her condition was “stable” as of Saturday night, authorities said.

The man, who apparently suffered only a graze wound, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in “stable” condition, authorities said.

It was unclear if the wounded man was involved in the initial argument, but the girl appeared to be an innocent bystander, police said.

Authorities indicated detectives also recovered a gun.

Wentworth Area detectives are investigating, but no charges have been filed as of Saturday night.

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