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Girl, 11, wounded in Northwest Side shooting day before school starts

An 11-year-old girl was shot in2300 block North Kostner Avenue Sunday morning police said. / Sam Charles~Sun-Times Media

An 11-year-old girl was shot inthe 2300 block of North Kostner Avenue Sunday morning, police said. / Sam Charles~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 27, 2013 6:26AM

One day before she expected to return to school with thousands of Chicago children, an 11-year-old girl from the Northwest Side was instead recovering after being shot on her front porch early Sunday.

Her stepfather and neighbors said an unknown female walked by while the girl and three others were gathered around 4 a.m. on the stoop after a party in the 2300 block of North Kostner. The woman later returned and fired a gun five times, they said, wounding the girl in her side.

It was among 15 shootings across the city this weekend, two of which were fatal.

Santiago Galvez, the wounded girl’s stepfather, said he thought his family was safe on the front porch of their 2 1/2-story apartment building in the Hermosa neighborhood.

“It’s safe on the porch because the gate is locked,” he said.

But Galvez explained how the little girl walked inside shaking after the shooting, not realizing at first she’d been wounded. Someone called 911 when they saw her bleeding, he said, and an ambulance took her to a nearby hospital.

By Sunday afternoon the girl was back at home, Galvez said, tired and scared but recovering from the ordeal. He said she might not make it to school Monday.

Isamar Alicea, who witnessed the shooting, said the girl’s family had thrown a party Saturday night that lasted until 1 or 2 a.m. Sunday.

A few hours later she said the girl was among a group gathered outside when a woman walked by having a heated conversation on a cell phone. A man outside the home with the girl had been yelling at passers-by, she said, and he made comments to that woman as well.

Two or three minutes later, Alicea said, that woman returned and opened fire while standing between two cars parked on the street. She pointed the gun toward a building where an “Acepta a Cristo” — “Accepts Christ” — sticker appears on the front door.


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