Video cap­tured shoot­ing that killed tod­dler

Medicine Hat News - - NATION-WORLD -

Po­lice are ex­am­in­ing dra­matic video that cap­tured a shoot­ing that killed a tod­dler and a man au­thor­i­ties say was the in­tended tar­get.

The video , streamed live on Face­book, was taken from in­side a car driven by a young woman who was wounded in the shoot­ing. The man and 2year-old Lavon­tay White were also in the car.

The woman and man can be seen lis­ten­ing to rap mu­sic be­fore more than a dozen shots ring out. Scream­ing is heard as the footage be­comes jum­bled but shows the woman ex­it­ing the car and run­ning to­ward a house. The video goes to black, but the au­dio con­tin­ues and peo­ple can be heard yelling, “Oh my God,” ‘’I can’t breathe,” and “Please, no, no.”

Po­lice sus­pect the 26-yearold man, iden­ti­fied Wed­nes­day by the Cook County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s of­fice as Lazarec Collins, was the tar­get of a gang hit. The man was Lavon­tay’s un­cle and a doc­u­mented gang mem­ber with an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory. Ac­cord­ing to the Illi­nois De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions, Collins was con­victed of felony charges of bur­glary and armed rob­bery and was re­leased on pa­role last June.

Po­lice have con­firmed the au­then­tic­ity of the video and it is part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, spokesman Frank Gian­camilli said. No ar­rests had been made as of Wed­nes­day.

He said the woman, who is preg­nant, was shot in the ab­domen. Both she and the fe­tus were ex­pected to sur­vive.

Lavon­tay was among at least three chil­dren shot in Chicago — two of them fa­tally — in re­cent days.

On Tues­day morn­ing, an 11-year-old girl who was shot in the head over the week­end died. Hours af­ter Takiya Holmes died, a 19-year-old who was be­ing sought by po­lice turned him­self in. Ant­wan C. Jones was charged with first-de­gree mur­der. At a hear­ing Wed­nes­day, a judge or­dered Jones to be held with­out bond.

Chicago po­lice spokesman An­thony Guglielmi said Jones has an ex­ten­sive ju­ve­nile ar­rest record and a record as an adult that in­cludes an ar­rest on a felony charge of ag­gra­vated as­sault af­ter al­legedly at­tack­ing a teacher.

Jones spot­ted three peo­ple out­side his home, de­ter­mined they didn’t be­long there and went in­side and got a hand­gun, po­lice said. He came out­side and started fir­ing, strik­ing Takiya but no one else, said Bren­dan Deeni­han, a com­man­der of the de­tec­tives’ unit han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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