Girl, 14, critically wounded in Back of the Yards shooting

A 14-year-old girl was critically wounded after being shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Wednesday night.

The incident occurred in the 1700 block of West 48th Street at about 6:09 p.m.


One of the offenders produced a handgun and fired shots, police said.

The victim was struck in the head and transported to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition. 

Community activist Andrew Holmes said the girl was in surgery around 8 p.m. Her family was at the hospital.

Holmes urged neighbors who may have cameras on their homes to give footage to the Chicago Police Department.

With shootings up 36% this year compared to 2020, Holmes put partial blame on pretrial judges who set bonds, saying the lack of consequences for gun offenders is resulting in more violence — a belief repeatedly expressed by Chicago Police Supt. David Brown.

"These streets belongs to the children, the parks belong to the children," Holmes said Wednesday outside Comer Hospital. "Give our city back to our youth."

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.