Girl, 7, shot amid gunfire exchange in Waukegan


One person is in custody but a suspect vehicle has not been located

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A 7-year-old girl who arrived at a Waukegan-area emergency room with a gunshot wound was shot amid an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, police said.

A 25-year-old Waukegan man faces three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm for his role in the shooting.

According to police, Mark Ramirez was driving a white Chevrolet SUV eastbound on Washington Street from Butrick Street when he encountered an older model light-colored sedan. Police say that occupants from inside both vehicles began shooting at one another.

Police gave no reason for the gunfire.

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Mark Ramirez was(Photo: Waukegan Police Department)

Inside the vehicle with Ramirez was a 24-year-old female passenger, two other juveniles and the 7-year-old girl who was shot.

Police have not yet located the light-colored sedan. No suspect information is available at this time.

Authorities recovered a 9mm handgun from the white Chevrolet SUV.  

Officers also located multiple shell casings at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the police at (847) 360-9001.

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