Due to a Family Dispute, Two Children Were Almost Killed in Chicago
CHICAGO — September 20, 2018
Four people, including a 6-month-old baby and a 13-year-old girl, were hospitalized after a shooting in the South Loop Wednesday night, Chicago police said.
According to the police report, the shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. at Cermak Road and State Street. Police believe the victims were traveling in a vehicle when a man wearing a ski mask got out of a blue van or SUV.
After he got out, police said he started shooting, hitting four of the people in the car, including the 13-year-old little girl and 6-month old boy.
"We do not believe this was a random act. This appears to be, I don't want to use the term targeted, but it does appear to be some type of interaction between these two vehicles," said Chicago Police Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan.
Police are considering the theory that the shooting was not accidental, and that most likely it was a showdown between families, which seriously affected children. It is possible that a 27-year-old man in the car with the victims may have been the target of the attack. He and a 37-year-old woman were also shot in the attack. A fifth person in the car, a 15-year-old girl, was not hit by bullets.
The boy was wounded twice in the abdomen and is in critical condition. The girl was wounded in the shoulder and is in critical but stable condition.
The man was wounded in the arm and was treated on the scene. The woman was wounded in the knee and hospitalized in stable condition.