Two shootings in Chicago that occurred within hours of each other left several people injured, including a 2-year-old boy who was shot during a road rage incident, authorities said Tuesday.
The boy was injured in the right temple when he was in a vehicle traveling north on Lake Shore Drive around noon, the Chicago Police Department said. Witnesses said they heard gunshots and the car crashed a short distance away.
A female passenger got out of the car with the boy and they were taken to a hospital by an “unknown citizen,” police said. The child was in critical condition.
Investigators recovered a handgun and several bullet casings at the scene. The second vehicle involved in the shooting fled the scene, police said.
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It was not clear what started the altercation.
On Monday night, seven people were shot during a fight that escalated on the south side of the city. The shots broke out around 11:10 pm as shots were exchanged.
A 39-year-old woman suffered injuries to her abdomen and left arm. A 28-year-old man was shot in the torso and a 44-year-old man was shot in the right arm, police said.
The other victims include two men, 34 and 21, with gunshot wounds to the right foot and an 18-year-old man with wounds to the left arm and left foot. A 31-year-old man entered a hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg and was in good condition.
No arrests have been made in either shooting.
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The incidents came after a bloody weekend in which 34 people were shot across the city and eight people were killed. In addition to an increase in gun violence, city leaders are also grappling with the recent police murder of a 13-year-old boy during a foot chase.
Adam Toledo was shot on March 29 by a police officer responding to a call about shooting. Authorities say they recovered a firearm from the boy. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has vowed to arrest whoever is responsible for giving Toledo a gun.