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An 11-year-old Illinois girl, who planned to celebrate her 12th birthday on Tuesday, is said to have been shot in the head the night before, while inside of her home and is now fighting for her life, reports say.
The shooting incident unfolded at about 9 o’clock Monday at the home in Harvey, which is about an hour away from Chicago, and while Kentavia Blackful’s family, was, WLS-TV reported, citing the police investigation.
The family was in the living room to watch the Chicago Bears game, and is putting finishing touches on Blackful’s birthday party, and when the shots were fired from outside, and went in through the front window, WGN-TV reported, adding that Blackful was sitting at her computer when a bullet hit her in the head with it.
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Her family has reportedly said Blackful, who turned up 12 hours after she was shot, was the pick of the T-shirt for her birthday.
“I was sitting in the living room, in front of the window and we heard gunshots, and my son said, ‘Get down,’ and he was going to knock all of us down, but it was too late, she had already been hit,” the little girl and her grandmother, Bretta Blackful, it said.
An Ambulance rushed her to a nearby hospital in critical condition, according to the report.
“They are trying to fight against it as much as they can at this point, but we are still in prayer that she pulls through,” Bretta Blackful said.
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The girl’s grandfather, Dennis, and shooting, told WGN that he saw two men running through the house on Monday, and he believed that they were responsible.
“I was sitting on the porch drinking a beer, and I saw two guys come out to have a number of hoodies on it,” Hunt said.
The sixth child, reportedly, was an honor student and a basketball player, at the Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School.
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Police are still searching for the two people in charge, and a $3,500 reward has been offered for information in the case, according to local reports.
“It’s a shame that we’re sitting here in the house, and we don’t know how to sit and stay in the house. A child won’t be able to play,” Bretta Blackful, told WLS. Today is my baby’s birthday party, and it is for them to take money from her, and she has a basketball game today. She was looking forward to it.”