8-year-old girl shot by stray gunfire while doing homework in East Chicago home

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – An 8-year-old girl was in critical condition after being hit by a stray bullet Thursday night seated on a living room floor doing homework in East Chicago, Indiana.

According to East Chicago police, the girl was doing homework on the living room, when someone outside fired 16 shots from an automatic weapon at about 10 p.m.

Police responded to the shooting in the 4500 block of Magoun Avenue and found the child lying on the floor, bleeding from her head. A bullet went through the wall of the house and hit the 8-year-old girl in the head.

She was taken to St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago, where her condition stabilized, before being flown to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Police said they don't believe girl was not the intended target. The identity of the shooter in known at this time.

“Any time a child is the victim of senseless gun violence it affects and saddens us all,” East Chicago Deputy Chief Jose Rivera said. “Thoughts, prayers and caring emojis on social media will not bring the shooter to justice.

“We can’t allow these cowardly thugs to randomly open fire in our community with impunity,” he said. “Our department will use all the resources we have available to help us catch the shooter and any person involved in [the] shooting.”

Police asked anyone with information to call East Chicago police’s anonymous tip line at 219-391-8500.