A 2-year-old boy was shot in the head Tuesday morning while riding in a car on Chicago’s famed Lake Shore Drive just hours after seven people were shot and wounded in a fight a few miles away, in what is shaping up to be one of the most violent years for the city in memory, police said.
According to Chicago Police, the car crashed after the boy was shot in the temple near Grant Park on the city’s South Side at about 11 a.m. local time in what police said apparently stemmed from a dispute between the driver of the car the boy was in and the driver of another vehicle. They said one driver would not let the other enter a lane of traffic as both were heading north.
At a news conference outside the hospital where the boy was taken, Commander Jake Alderden said the two drivers apparently did not know each other, but one of the drivers subsequently opened fire near the Shedd Aquarium. Police recovered bullet casings over about a two-block stretch of the roadway. Alderden said a handgun was found with one of the occupant’s of the car the boy was riding in but that it remained unclear whether the gun had been fired.
They said a woman jumped out of the car with the child and someone drove them to Northwestern Memorial Hospital before the boy was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where police said he was in critical condition.
On Monday night, a fight turned to gun violence in the South Side neighborhood of Englewood. Seven people were injured. A 39-year-old woman was listed in serious condition after she was shot in the arm and abdomen. Five men were hospitalized in fair condition, while another person was in good condition after walking into a hospital in the Cook County suburb of Harvey with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said.
No arrests have been made in either shooting and detectives are investigating.
The shootings follow violence across Chicago on Easter Sunday that left seven people dead and at least 10 more with gunshot wounds.