CHICAGO—A 2-year-old boy was shot within the head Tuesday morning whereas driving in a automotive on Chicago’s famed Lake Shore Drive simply hours after seven folks had been shot and wounded in a battle just a few miles away, in what’s shaping as much as be one of the crucial violent years for the town in reminiscence, police mentioned.
According to Chicago Police, the automotive crashed after the boy was shot within the temple close to Grant Park on the town’s South Side at about 11 a.m. in what police mentioned apparently stemmed from a dispute between the driving force of the automotive the boy was in and the driving force of one other automobile. They mentioned one driver wouldn’t let the opposite enter a lane of visitors as each had been heading north.
At a information convention exterior the hospital the place the boy was taken, Commander Jake Alderden mentioned the 2 drivers apparently didn’t know one another, however one of many drivers subsequently opened hearth close to the Shedd Aquarium. Police recovered bullet casings over a few two-block stretch of the roadway. Alderden mentioned a handgun was discovered with one of many occupant’s of the automotive the boy was driving in however that it remained unclear whether or not the gun had been fired.
They mentioned a girl jumped out of the automotive with the kid and somebody drove them to Northwestern Memorial Hospital earlier than the boy was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, the place police mentioned he was in vital situation.
On Monday night time, a battle turned to gun violence within the South Side neighborhood of Englewood. Seven folks had been injured. A 39-year-old lady was listed in critical situation after she was shot within the arm and stomach. Five males had been hospitalized in honest situation, whereas one other particular person was in good situation after strolling right into a hospital within the Cook County suburb of Harvey with a gunshot wound to the leg, police mentioned.
No arrests have been made in both capturing and detectives are investigating.
The shootings observe violence throughout Chicago on Easter Sunday that left seven folks useless and at the least 10 extra with gunshot wounds.
And final week, a Chicago police officer fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo as he ran from officers whereas carrying a handgun. Adam died on the scene March 29 and a gun was recovered. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has mentioned law enforcement officials have been warned that gang members would possibly shoot at them in retaliation for Adam’s loss of life.
March ended as so many different months have ended: With extra homicides and shootings than throughout the identical month a yr earlier. According to police division statistics launched final week, by the top of March there have been 131 homicides in contrast with 98 for a similar interval final yr. And the variety of capturing victims in 2021 had already climbed previous 700—greater than 200 greater than had been recorded through the first three months of final yr.
Those totals and the weekend slayings places Chicago on tempo to eclipse the 769 homicides in 2020, which was the deadliest yr in all however one yr within the earlier 20 years.
By Don Babwin