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Two Chicago girls, ages 11 and 12, were hospitalized after being shot in the head

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Two girls, ages 11 and 12, are in critical condition after separate shootings on Chicago's South Side Saturday night. 

The 11-year-old was sitting in a parked vehicle in Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood around 7:40 p.m. when she was hit by gunfire in the back of the head, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

She was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition, police told reporters. The girl's grandmother identified her as Takiya Holmes, ABC affiliate WLS reports.

"They are treating her as best as they can with all kinds of aggressive measures that the hospital can do for her, but it's grim and we want prayers to go up for her," Patsy Holmes, Takiya's grandmother, told WLS.  

Less than 30 minutes after Takiya was shot, a 12-year-old girl was shot in the head in the city's West Englewood neighborhood. 

Police told the Chicago Tribune that the girl, identified by family as Kanari Bowers, was the unintended target of the shooting. 


Kanari was taken to Stronger Hospital in critical condition. The girl's family told WLS she was with friends at a local playground when the shooting happened. 

Authorities have not identified suspects in either case. 

Two other incidents of gun violence claimed the lives of a 23-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman in Chicago this weekend. 

The Chicago Tribune reports that at least four others were wounded Saturday in separate attacks.

Last year, there were 3,550 shooting incidents and 762 murders in Chicago, ABC News reports. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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