A $4,000 reward has been offered for information about a shooting that seriously wounded a 10-year-old girl who was in a Far South Side Park with her older sister and friends.
The reward was announced Friday by community activist Andrew Holmes as La’Mya Sparks recovered at Comer Children’s Hospital from severe internal injuries caused by a bullet that hit her in the back.
Police say four teenagers approached the group around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in Russell Square Park near 83rd and South Shore Drive, a block from her home. One of them, a boy known as “Ghost,” pulled a gun and fired at least six times.
La’Mya was hit as she ran away, police said. A friend took off his shirt and held it to the wound until paramedics arrived, the family said.
The bullet damaged several of her internal organs, according to her family. Her gallbladder was removed and a tear to her stomach was closed with four staples. The fifth-grader’s kidneys and liver were also damaged but the doctors have told the family they should heal. But they are worried about her intestines, and the family says she will need a feeding tube for a few months.
Anyone with information can call the Andrew Holmes Foundation at 1-800-U-TellUs, or submit a tip anonymously through CPDtip.com.