Chicago Gun Violence Continues: Two Young Girls Shot Just Four Miles Apart

He said the family was at the young girl's bedside and they are "trying to keep her here with us". The shooting occurred at around 7:40 the Parkway Gardens neighborhood. They were among at least 21 people shot in Chicago over the weekend.

Both girls are in critical condition today, the Chicago Police Department told ABC News. However, Carroll said that the shootings were not related and neither girl was the intended target.

Just 25 minutes before Takiya was shot, a 12-year-old girl became another unintended shooting victim in the city's West Englewood neighborhood.

Takiya Holmes, 11, was sitting in her family's minivan when she was shot.

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"Hopefully, she can pull though", she said. Family members told the Chicago Tribune that she was out playing with friends at the time of incident. "But it's grim and we want prayers to go up for her".

One of the bullets struck Kanari in the right side of the neck, according to her family, shattering her spine. She's on life support, but if she survives, she'll likely be paralyzed and brain dead. Kanari was rushed to Stroger Hospital.

Violence in Chicago soared in 2016, with a record number of shootings and the most homicides since 1996, police say. Nine children younger than 15 years old have been shot in Chicago so far this year, the Tribune said. Andrew Holmes, a community activist and Takiya's uncle, offered $1,000 of his own money for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.

A tearful Rochetta Tyler, Kanari's aunt, was on the way to the hospital to visit the girl Tuesday morning.