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CHICAGO — Police are investigating after a 21-month-old boy was injured in a shooting on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago on Tuesday.
The family told WGN that Kayden’s condition was improving following an apparent incident of road rage.
Doctors say the next 24 to 48 hours will be critical.
Witnesses told police they heard gunshots in the 300 block of South Lake Shore Drive around 11 a.m.
Police say the boy was in a car traveling northbound on Lake Shore Drive at the time of the shooting.
Police say the boy was punched in the right temple. Doctors say the bullet hit the boy’s brain.
“Any time we have a brain injury it’s hard to predict what the course will be, but it’s a very precarious situation. It can change hourly,” said Dr Marcelo Malakooti, deputy chief medical officer at Lurie Children’s Hospital. “He is at a level of serious illness that we are able to handle.”
The car the child was in then crashed into the 100 block of North Lake Shore Drive.
Police said a female passenger was seen exiting the vehicle with the child. An “unknown citizen”, whom police later described as a “good Samaritan”, transported the woman and child to Northwestern Hospital.
Police said the child was transferred to Lurie in critical condition.
We can confirm that this afternoon we received a nearly 2 year old male child with a serious gunshot wound. The child was shot in the head and is in very critical condition and is currently being treated in our pediatric intensive care unit. He needs full support in intensive care. We are doing everything we can for this little boy and thank everyone for their concern.
Statement from Marcelo Malakooti, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Police believe the shooting was part of a road rage incident.
“At that time, it seems like they don’t know each other at all and there may have been a dispute over someone not letting someone into a traffic lane,” he said. said Commander Jake Alderden.
Police say the incident began at Waldon and Lake Shore Drive, then escalated near Grant Park. Shots were fired over two city blocks, police said. The victim’s car crashed into Lake Shore Drive and Monroe.
“I was making a left turn on Monroe and a car hit me from behind,” said a witness who did not wish to be identified.
The witness said that although she never heard any gunshots, she did witness the aftermath.
“A lady appeared and I didn’t see where she was from but she had a baby and she was trying to get into the car next to me,” the witness said. “She said her baby had been shot.”
A firearm was found in the victim’s car, but police have not determined whether the weapon was fired.
The boy’s grandmother, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed to WGN that the shooting resulted from a road rage incident that turned violent.
Police have not released a description of the vehicle at this time.
“Unbelievable,” said the witness. “These innocents. Innocent people just go through their day and something like this happens.
Kayden’s family met with Pastor Donovan Price on Tuesday.
“Just tears, they couldn’t talk,” he said. “I just prayed like we all should.”
Initially, Chicago police reported that the child was 3 years old and later clarified that the child was 2 years old. A third police update now says the child is 21 months old. The story has been updated.
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