2 girls, ages 11 and 12, wounded in head in separate shootings on South Side

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Two girls, ages 11 and 12, were wounded in separate shootings Saturday. (Family provided photos)

Two girls, ages 11 and 12, were wounded in the head in separate shootings Saturday night, Chicago police said.

The 11-year-old girl was sitting in the backseat of a blue minivan in the 6300-block of South King Drive in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood when shots rang out at about 7:40 p.m., police said.

She was struck in the head and discovered by police who had arrived on scene to find out where the gunfire was coming from.

The girl was rushed to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition, police said. Her grandmother identified her as Takiya Holmes and said she is not doing well.

"They are treating her as best as they can with all kind of aggressive measures that the hospital can do for her, but it's grim and we want prayers to go up for her. We want whoever saw what happened to tell the police," said Patsy Holmes, Takiya's grandmother.

Patsy Holmes was a research tech at the University of Chicago for more than 30 years, so she says her granddaughter is in good hands at Comer Children's Hospital.

"If you are out there, please turn yourself in. My grandbaby did not deserve this. That is my only grandchild. Now she's fighting for her life at 11 years old. That shouldn't be," Holmes said.

The 12-year-old girl was wounded in the head in the 1900-block of West 57th Street in the West Englewood neighborhood at about 7:15 p.m., police said.

The girl, identified by family as Kanari Bowers, was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. Family said Kanari is a student at Henderson Elementary School and was playing in a playground at the time of the shooting.

No one is in custody in either shooting.
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