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4-year-old shooting epitomizes growing frustration in violent areas

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The grandfather of a four year old girl who was shot in the stomach last night tells FOX 32 News that the young girl is doing much better, but she remains in the hospital.

Any shooting can shake a community, but it's those cases like Monday night, where an innocent child out playing gets hit by a stray bullet, that makes parents just shake their heads in dismay and their fists in anger.

At a prayer vigil for 4-year-old Khalise Weatherspoon, community members did both.

"What can we do to stop the violence? I am sick and tired of all this killing, shooting and violence in the city of Chicago," 18th Ward Committeeman William Delay said.

It was a vigil full of frustration, as well as prayers for change in neighborhoods plagued by gunfire that all too often injures or kills young children.

"You send your kids outside to play and then they get gunned down like dogs," another adds. "It doesn't make any sense, innocent kids."

On Monday night, it was Khalise Weatherspoon who had just turned four a week ago. She was shot while she played outside with friends in the Marquette Park neighborhood.

"I gotta tell you that I'm almost speechless, but mortified," neighbor Bamani Obadele says. "I'm angry. I'm upset because this could have been the other way, my children; my family was 30 feet from this child."

But Weatherspoon, unfortunately is not an anomaly. Less than two weeks ago a 6-year-old girl was shot on the South Side walking in the street with her grandmother.

Earlier this month, a 5-year-old boy was shot in a park in the West Pullman neighborhood while watching fireworks with his family.

In March, a 6-month-old girl was shot and killed while sitting with his father in a minivan.

And it was back in January that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed while in a park with friends, becoming the poster child for violence in Chicago.

While the number of shootings and murders in Chicago are down this year, explaining each new one is a challenge for those impacted by it.

"What do you say to this four year old, a child who just turned four, who's got a bullet hole in her stomach?" Obadele asks, frustrated. "What do I say to my four children, and cousins who play with this young girl and who had to watch her laying in an alley?"

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