CHICAGO (CBS) – A 20-month-old boy was killed, and his mother was hit by a bullet when they were shot as they drove home from the laundry on Saturday afternoon in the Englewood neighborhood.
Chicago Police Chief of Operations Fred Waller said that shortly after 2 pm, the boys’ mother was driving south on Halsted Street on the way home from the laundry, with the boy in a seat for children in the back of the car, when another car pulled up next to them, and someone inside started shooting.
The boy was shot in the chest and a bullet grazed the mother’s head, according to Waller.
The mother, who is about 22 years old, drove to St. Bernard Hospital, where her son was pronounced dead. She was later transferred to the University of Chicago Medical Center.
“It seems like it was yesterday, actually it was last Saturday, I was in front of you talking about a 3-year-old boy who was killed in the Austin community, and now here in Englewood, a 20-month-old man was killed.” “Waller said.” This happens all too often. Children are often killed by senseless violence, and not just children, but adults as well. When is this going to stop? When are we going to say it is already enough?
Waller said the shooting did not appear to be random. He said detectives were working “feverishly” to review video images from nearby cameras and examine the area for witnesses.
No weapons have been recovered, but according to the shells at the scene, Waller said the shooter was using a gun.
“We will certainly catch the person who did it. We’ll catch the person who killed that 3-year-old boy. We will catch the person who killed this child. But that will not bring that child back, and that is not going to satisfy that family, “said Waller.
The boy is at least the fifth child under the age of 10 to be shot in Chicago in the past week and a half, and the second to be killed.
A week ago, 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot dead while riding in an SUV with his stepfather in the 600 block of North Central Avenue. The 27-year-old stepfather, who police believed was the target of the shooting, sustained an injury to the abdomen and drove to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. Mekhi was pronounced dead in the same hospital.
On June 17, a 9-year-old girl was among the four people shot in the 1300 block of West 76th Street in Auburn Gresham. The girl was shot in the right leg and was reported to be in good condition at the University of Chicago Eating Children’s Hospital. Men aged 31, 25 and 19 were also injured in that incident.
On June 18, a 5-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks in Block 700 of West 50th Place in Back of the Yards and was taken to a local hospital. A 19-year-old man was also injured in that shooting.
On Monday, a 3-year-old girl was hit by a bullet in the Chicago Lawn. The girl and a 33-year-old woman were outside a home at 6521 S. Claremont Ave. when someone in a tanned vehicle shot from inside, police said. The girl was hit by a bullet and taken to the Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition. The woman was not shot.