A TODDLER is fighting for his life after being shot in the head in an apparent road rage in Chicago.
The two-year-old is believed to be sitting in a car on Lake Shore Drive driven by his grandmother when gunshots from another vehicle rang out at 11 a.m. this morning.
The boy was stabbed in the head by a bullet, was in critical condition, at the station WGN reported.
Commander Jake Alderden said: “At this point, it seems they completely don’t know each other and there could be an argument about someone not letting someone into the traffic lane.”
The road rage incident is said to have escalated for a while in some of the homes in one of Chicago’s busiest and most beautiful areas.
At a press conference outside the hospital where the boy was taken, Commander Jake Alderden said the two drivers did not seem to know each other, but one of the drivers later opened fire near Shedd Aquarium.
Police recovered the shells on about two blocks of road.
‘MY CHILD HAS BEEN SHOT’
Alderden said a handgun was found with one of the people in the car the boy was driving, but it is unclear whether the gun was fired or not.
They said a woman jumped out of the car with the child and that 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.
An unnamed witness told WGN: “A woman showed up and I couldn’t see where she came from but she has a baby and she was trying to get in the car beside me.
“She was saying her kid was shot.”
Innocent people. Innocent people are just going on their day and something like this is going to happen
A gun was found in the grandmother’s car, but it is unknown if it was fired or not, the station said.
The witness said, “I can’t believe it. These innocent people. Innocent people are just going about their day and something like this is happening.”
Windy City has experienced one of the most violent years in history, police say.
March ended as many other months ended: More murders and shootings than in the same month a year earlier.
According to police station statistics released last week, as of the end of March there were 131 homicides compared to 98 in the same period last year.
And the number of victims of the shooting in 2021 reached 700 – 200 more than the number recorded in the first three months of last year.
That total and the number of murders on the weekend help Chicago start to surpass 769 homicides by 2020, the deadliest year of all but one in the preceding two decades.
On Monday night, a fight was over gun violence in the South Side neighborhood of Englewood. Seven people were injured.
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Five men were hospitalized in normal condition, while another was in good condition after entering a hospital in Cook County, a Harvey suburb with gunshot injuries in the leg, police said.
No arrests have been made in both the shooting and detectives are investigating.
The shootings followed violence across Chicago on Easter Sunday that left 7 people dead and at least 10 others wounded from bullets.
And last week, a Chicago policeman shot and killed 13-year-old boy Adam Toledo as he ran away from police carrying a shotgun.
Adam died at the scene on March 29 and a gun was recovered.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said police officers had been warned that gang members could shoot at them to avenge Adam’s death.