Police said two suspects were in custody after shooting three people, including a 5-month-old boy, in Chicago.
The infant was injured in the right eye and was expected to live after being transferred to Lori Children’s Hospital. Among the other victims, a 25-year-old sustained gunshot wounds to the left thigh, and a nineteen-year-old wound to the right shoulder – they were taken to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital where their condition stabilized.
During a press conference outside Lori Children’s Hospital, First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said that the violence children are involved in “is not normal for anyone, be it in Chicago or any other city throughout this country, describing it as heartbreaking.”
Carter said, according to Chicago’s WBBM TV: “There is no consideration for anyone’s life, especially the life of a child who has not yet grown up and tested this world. This is absolutely tragic for what we see now happening around the country and around the world.”
Police say the victims were on the sidewalk at around 7:00 pm. In the old town on the northern side of the city when an unknown number of people arrived in a car, before going out and shooting.
Later, the police tracked down a car that matched the description of the car the suspects had used, stopped it and took two people into custody without incident. Police said two weapons had been seized. Perhaps a third suspect was inside the car at the time of the shooting, according to Carter.
Chicago has seen a surge in violence in recent weeks, including the deaths of many children.
After the shooting on Thursday, local resident Chavon Harris said she was returning home from work on Amazon when she stopped to live the scene, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Harris described the violence as “exemplary” in the area, adding how she now feared for the safety of her 8-year-old son.
“It’s ridiculous. Harris added,” This violence is getting out of hand. “It is senseless violence every day.”
Police said investigators of the third district were investigating the shooting.