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16-year-old girl critically injured in South Side shooting

Updated: April 11, 2013 9:58PM

The mother of a 16-year-old girl shot Thursday afternoon in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side is calling for justice.

The girl was on her way to a friend’s home when she was shot in the abdomen. The teenager, who stayed home from school because she was sick, managed to get to the friend’s home, where paramedics were called.

Emergency crews found the girl in the 7500 block of South Ingleside at 1:12 p.m. Thursday. Police said it was unclear where the girl was shot, and detectives were given an inconsistent story.

Paramedics initially took the girl in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where she her condition stabilized, police said.

“She should be OK. The doctor said the bullet didn’t hit any vital organs,” the sister said.

The girl, the youngest of six sisters, is a Chicago Vocational High School honor student, her family said. All five of her sisters, and her mother, called for justice outside the hospital. “I want them to catch who done this to my daughter,” her mother said.

“She’s an all-American girl. She’s a cheerleader,” a cousin said. “She was a dependable baby-sitter, everyone loved her.”

The teen was one of three people wounded by gunfire within four hours in the neighborhood.

A 27-year-old man was injured in a drive-by shooting about 1:25 p.m. a half a mile away in the 1000 block of East 73rd Street.

Police said man was walking on the sidewalk when a man dressed in all black got out of a dark-color vehicle and fired multiple shots. The man was struck once in the leg and taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The vehicle fled east from the scene, police said.

About 6 p.m., a man in his 50s was shot twice in the arm and once in the leg during an attempted car-jacking near 79th and Ingleside, police said.

No arrests had been made in any of the shootings.

Contributing: Michael Lansu

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