Chicago’s latest weekend of violence saw a four year-old boy die after he was shot twice in the head through a window of his dad’s home while he slept.
WLS-TV reports that at least 47 people were shot, two fatally, in 12-hour time span across the city as Labor Day weekend kicked off, with young Mychal Moultry Jr. among those victims.
Moultry Jr. was sleeping at his father’s home on the 6500 block of South Ellis around 9 pm Friday night when he was struck twice in the head by gunfire that came through the window from outside the residence, according to NBC Chicago.
The youngster was taken in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital, and was declared two days later, on Sunday, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman told the news outlet.
A motive for the killing remains unclear, as is whether or not the child and his father were the intended targets of the shooting.
Meanwhile, community activists alongside a non-profit and a church have banded together to raise $9,000 for reward money for anyone who assists in the arrest and conviction of the killer behind Moutry’s murder.
The 4-year-old was taken in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was eventually declared dead two days later on Sunday, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman said
The boy, who was critically wounded in a shooting Friday night inside a Woodlawn home, has died police said Sunday
Pictured: Michael Moultry Jr, seen with his father Mychal Moultry Sr
Elsewhere in the city, seven other children were among those injured in shootings over the holiday weekend, outraging residents citywide.
‘We’re sick and tired everyday,’ said an activist with anti-crime group All Kids Matter.
‘We’re staking this hospital out night after night. All these children get shot throughout Chicago.’
Among those seven children, two siblings, a 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl, were shot while attending a back-to-school picnic near an East Garfield Park gas station on Saturday, NBC Chicago reports.
‘Some red SUV pulled up and just started unloading fully automatic weapons into this crowd of people,’ said event vendor Lamar Peterson, whose daughter and stepson were also injured in the shooting.
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old boy was seriously injured after being shot in the basement of a South Chicago home just before 8 pm Saturday night, according to Chicago police
Police say the young teen was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, with gunshots seen piercing the windows of the home where he was shot
Pictured: crime in Chicago, showing a nine percent increase in shooting incidents for the year through Aug. 31 and a three percent increase in murders
Both teens were transported to Rush University Medical Center in stable condition, NBC Chicago reports.
‘It’s important to understand there was so many young babies out there when this tragedy took place,’ Peterson said.
‘This was completely uncalled for, completely not understood.’
‘My kids were shot, so I’m quite angry right now,’ Peterson added.
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old boy was seriously injured after being shot in the basement of a South Chicago home just before 8 pm Saturday night, according to Chicago police.
Police made at least one arrest after a man shot a CTA bus driver on Saturday night. The 34-year-old victim was shot in the jaw and rushed to Northwestern Hospital in serious condition
At least 47 people were shot, two fatally, in 12-hour time span across Chicago over the holiday weekend, with the CTA driver among the victims
The boy was struck in the head and was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital in serious condition.
Another community activist, Andrew Holmes, expressed his frustration in the number of children who have been shot in recent days, citing the need for more parental oversight and elected official intervention.
‘If you know you got some children, some teenage, some grown adults, and they’re doing wrong on the streets then it’s up to you to…step to them and put them in line,’ Holmes said.
At least 280 children and teens have been shot in Chicago so far this year, with 35 of them suffering fatal gunshot wounds, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
And as the summer winds down, Chicago is on pace to have its highest yearly murder tally in 25 years.
According to CPD figures, there has been 524 murders this year as of September 1st, which is a three percent increase compared to date last year, with 2020 still seeing massive gun violence across cities nationwide following the pandemic’s onset and protests sparked by George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police, according to WBEZ.
The city is already on track to outpace the year 1996, when murders in Chicago totaled 796.
As of early Monday morning, there have been no arrests in either of the three aforementioned shootings.
However, police made at least one arrest after a man shot a CTA bus driver on Saturday night, after the 34-year-old victim was shot in the jaw and transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition, the outlet reports.