5-month-old boy among 3 shot in Old Town; sus­pects in cus­tody

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY EM­MANUEL CAMARILLO AND TOM SCHUBA Staff Re­porters

Three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a 5-month-old boy, were shot Thurs­day in the Old Town neigh­bor­hood on the North Side.

The shoot­ing hap­pened about 7 p.m. in the 1300 block of North Hud­son Av­enue, First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said dur­ing a brief news con­fer­ence out­side Lurie Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

The in­fant was grazed in the tem­ple and taken to Lurie, where he was sta­bi­lized and “rest­ing com­fort­ably,” Carter said. Two men, 19 and 25, were also shot; both are sta­bi­lized at North­west­ern Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal.

Carter said of­fi­cers re­sponded to the scene and quickly re­ceived de­scrip­tions of a shooter and a ve­hi­cle.

Af­ter broad­cast­ing those de­scrip­tions, of­fi­cers tracked the ve­hi­cle to the in­ter­sec­tion of Prince­ton Av­enue and 37th Street and took two peo­ple into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent, Carter said, not­ing that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into whether an­other per­son was in­side the ve­hi­cle at the time of the shoot­ing. Two weapons were re­cov­ered dur­ing the ar­rest.

Carter didn’t pro­vide any pos­si­ble mo­tive for the at­tack, and it’s still un­clear whether the vic­tims are re­lated.

Carter urged com­mu­nity mem­bers to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion and asked pros­e­cu­tors and ac­tivists to “get on board to help us turn the tide of what’s hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity.”

At the scene of the shoot­ing, in­side the area cor­doned off by po­lice tape, mul­ti­ple shell cas­ing mark­ers could be seen spread across the ground near the en­trance to the Mar­shall Field Gar­den Apart­ments.

Just out­side the taped off area, a young woman sold chips and other snacks as oth­ers con­gre­gated by a nearby cor­ner while of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gated. As passersby stopped and talked, Shavon Har­ris live-streamed from the scene.

Har­ris, who was re­turn­ing home from work, said she was deeply trou­bled by the se­ries of re­cent shoot­ings that have vic­tim­ized chil­dren.

The vi­o­lence is “typ­i­cal” for the area, said Har­ris, who is now wor­ried for the safety of her own 8-year-old son.

“It’s ridicu­lous. This vi­o­lence is get­ting out of hand,” added Har­ris. “It’s sense­less vi­o­lence ev­ery day.”

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