Police said a nine-year-old boy believed to be playing in a parking lot was shot dead in Chicago.
Around 6 pm, police said that a black man near a group of 900 North Cambridge Street in the Cabrini Green neighborhood, climbed into a group of people, including the boy, and opened fire.
“A 9-year-old boy was hit by senseless gunfire … Unfortunately, our victim was beaten multiple times,” Brian McDermott, head of the Chicago police department, told a news conference.
Police said the boy was taken to a nearby children’s hospital where he announced his death an hour later.
“At this time, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the victim’s family. I would like to say that at any time the child is a victim of unexplained arms violence in the city of Chicago that he grieves and severely affects us,” McDermott said.
Investigators search for evidence with a video and interview any potential witnesses.
McDermott said that the child was an unintended target and the police did not know who was the intended target.
No arrests were made. The police encourage the public to provide any information to help solve this crime by going to CPDtip.com.
The city of Chicago has been plagued by firearms, even during the coronary virus pandemic.