In a shooting captured on Facebook Live, a 2-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man were killed, and a pregnant woman wounded, when a gunman fired at them as they drove down an alley in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon.
The woman had been driving the vehicle while posting a video on Facebook Live with her boyfriend in the passenger seat. The toddler, Lavontay White Jr., was in the back.
The couple was singing along to music when several shots were fired at the car.
In the video, the woman can be heard screaming as she runs from the car and into a house. “Call 911! They killed him. … I have a bullet in my stomach. Please, please, I can’t breathe,” she yells. “Oh my God, please don’t, Lord, I can’t go. I can’t go.”
According to police, the toddler and the man were both shot in the head. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said paramedics were able to revive the boy at the scene, but he and the man were pronounced dead at nearby Stroger Hospital.
The woman, 20, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where she and her unborn baby were listed in fair condition. Family members reported that the woman has been pregnant four months and that the baby was expected to survive.
The woman told police that a car blocked their way in the alley and a gunman got out and opened fire.
Investigators suspect that the man was the intended target of the shooting. As of late Tuesday afternoon, no one was in custody. “We have very promising leads, we have video,” Johnson said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll find him.”
Lavontay White Jr. was the second child to die Tuesday from Chicago gunfire. Takiya Holmes, 11, suffered gunshot wounds in a shooting Saturday and died Tuesday morning. A second girl shot over the weekend, Kanari Gentry Bowers, 12, remained in critical condition and on life support Tuesday.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement insisting again on “meaningful gun control” and harsher sentencing for those who commit crimes with guns.
“Every parent, regardless of where they live, should be able to take their child for a walk to the park or a ride in the car. These are normal rites of passage of childhood,” Emanuel said.
“These shootings must be a turning point for our city. Anyone with information about these crimes owes it to the families of these children to come forward.”
H/T: Chicago Tribune
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