Police buy swimming pool for 6-year-old shot in drive-by

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Officers thought a swimming pool might get 6-year-old shooting victim Tacarra Morgan outside again. (WLS)

A Chicago girl shot in front of her grandparents' home was too afraid to go outside. So on Thursday, Chicago police came to her rescue.

Officers thought a swimming pool might get 6-year-old Tacarra Morgan outside again and, once doctors gave them approval, they bought one with their own money and came by to set it up in the backyard of her family's home.

"That was so wonderful, that they gave her a gift like this. And she was so happy," said Carolyn Morris, Tacarra's mother.

Filling a pool takes a lot of water, so the Chicago Fire Department stepped up to help. They brought a fire truck by to fill it up.

With school starting soon, ABC7 asked Tacarra what her plans are for the rest of the summer.

"Come to the park, ride my bike and get in the pool," she said.

Tacarra was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet as she played outside her home. Her mother said she's recovering well, is always on the move, and not complaining about any pain. It's a relief for those officers to hear that, as they remember the night she was shot. But seeing her smile and happiness makes them feel good.
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