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Man Describes Finding Chicago Girl Shot at Sleepover by Stray Bullet

Community pleads for information leading to arrest of Shamiya Adams

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    Community pleads for information leading to arrest of Shamiya Adams. NBC 5's Susan Carlson reports. (Published Thursday, July 24, 2014)

    The man who found an 11-year-old girl after she was fatally shot by a stray bullet in Chicago Friday night is speaking out about the "devastating" violence that left a community reeling.

    Shamiya Adams was with friends at a sleepover when the bullet come came through the bedroom window of a home in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

    Aaron Hill was the adult host at the party, and says his four daughters, aged 11 to 17, were also in the room when the shooting occurred. Hill went into the room when he heard the commotion.

    "I ran out of the room crying. When you go in the room and see something like that, it's devastating," Hill said.


    Hill said the girls still haven't been able to talk about the incident, and are staying with relatives.

    "It's been hard, it's been hard. They ain't been back in the house since it happened," Hill said.

    Area churches and community groups have come together to show support, donating $8,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest.

    "This crime was so vicious and of great magnitude that it needs to be encouraged that whoever knows, because somebody somewhere knows something," the Rev. George Daniels said.

    The family is hoping a police camera on the corner of the street will yield surveillance video that captures the shooter on tape.

    "It's crazy that I stop them from being outside, put them in the house, and they ain't even safe in the house anymore," neighbor Tamika Collins said.