The suspect, who is 15, was charged as a juvenile with first-degree attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery
A teenage boy has been formally charged with the tragic Halloween night shooting of a 7-year-girl in Chicago, PEOPLE confirms.
The boy, who is 15, was charged early Saturday as a juvenile with first-degree attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery.
According to a statement from Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, the young victim — identified in a GoFundMe campaign as Gisele Zamago — remains in critical condition after Thursday’s shooting. Guglielmi adds that “doctors are optimistic about [the young girl’s] prognosis.”
The girl, dressed in a bumble bee costume, was shot while out trick-or-treating with her father, with bullets striking her in the neck and chest.
Authorities do not believe Gisele was the intended target of the 15-year-old shooter.
Because of his age, the boy’s name is being withheld.
The shooting happened Thursday evening at around 5:30 p.m. in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a news conference Friday morning.
Police claim at least seven bullets were fired at a gang member who was walking among children. That man was shot in the hand, according to investigators, but refused to cooperate with authorities.
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The gunman fled the scene but was caught on security cameras. Johnson believes multiple individuals are involved and urged anyone with information to come forward.
According to police, the teen suspect was taken into custody at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Donations can be made to the GoFundMe campaign here.