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Girl, 6, hit by squad car chasing possible shooting suspects

Updated: June 2, 2012 8:24PM

A 6-year-old girl was injured when she was hit by a Chicago Police squad car that was chasing possible shooting suspects in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Saturday evening.

Officers initially headed to the 5400 block of South Laflin where a 30-year-old man was shot in the arm and hand, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

But after the officers were flagged down by a passerby who told them the shots came from a blue Cadillac, they followed the vehicle east on West 52nd Street and then southbound on South Peoria, police said.

During the chase, the squad car struck the child in the 5200 block of South Peoria, police said.

At some point on South Peoria, the Cadillac’s driver allegedly jumped out and a passenger got behind the wheel. That driver bailed from the car a block away on South Green and fled on foot, police said. A pistol was discovered in the car, police said.

Paramedics took the girl to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, O’Brien said. She was listed in good condition Saturday night, Chicago Fire Department officials said.

The 30-year-old man who had been shot earlier in the evening was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

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