This happened around 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the area of 9th and Tilghman streets.
Arriving police were informed that shots had been fired at the parking lot of the nearby Chester Shop & Save.
Chester Police say they are in the process of issuing an arrest warrant by the end of Friday, and that they are also pursuing a strong person of interest.
The community is outraged.
“Come on, that’s enough, too many kids are hurt because of stupid stuff. We have to stop this,” Sheila Walls said.
Many families walking into the convenience store on Friday with young children were horrified to hear the news.
“We come to this store all the time. What if I was here last night with my kids? said Dominique Wilson.
Some residents said they heard the gunshots.
“It looked like a war,” said Yvonne Stills.
Unfortunately, the people here are no strangers to the crime in the neighborhood. There are even bullet holes in the storefront from a previous incident.
“When your environment becomes dangerous for children, who are actually our future, and if you cut them off at an early age, then we don’t have much of a future,” said Darryl Manuel.
While checking the area, officers found several spent shell casings. They also discovered a house and several vehicles had been hit by bullets.
Officers at the scene were then informed that a gunshot victim had been taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center.
When the police arrived at the hospital, they learned that the victim was a 7-year-old girl.
According to the girl’s mother, who was also at the hospital, the young victim was a passenger in a vehicle near the Chester Shop & Save when shots were fired.
“They were carrying these guns and firing to shoot, they had to stop,” Eric Smith said.
The victim was beaten three times, including one in the chest.
The victim was treated at Crozer Chester Medical Center and then taken to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia for further treatment.
It is listed in good condition. No other injuries were reported.
Police continue to search for who fired the shots.
Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Chester Police officials are urging residents to provide any information regarding the shooting of a child.
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