Fourth Estate Staff
Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – A two-year-old boy was killed in Chicago and the incident was captured on Facebook Live but authorities have not captured any suspect yet.
The shooting happened in broad daylight and was broadcasted on the social networking site. The triple shooting left two people dead, including the toddler, and a pregnant woman wounded. The incident took place on Chicago’s West Side at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The other person killed was a 25-year-old man, whose identity was not revealed. The pregnant woman who was injured was live streaming before the shooting happened. The two-year-old was identified as Lavontay White. Initially, White was still taken to a hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
The pregnant woman is said to be White’s aunt. The pregnant woman was not identified but authorities said she suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach but she and her unborn child are expected to survive. It was not stated how far she is along. It was also not revealed what is the relationship of the man who was killed and the pregnant woman.
The three victims were inside a car in an alley when another vehicle drove past by them. Someone got out of the other vehicle and fired shots at the three victims. Chicago Police Supt . Eddie Johnson said, “We have yet another innocent child that’s become a victim of gun violence. Our children should not have to keep paying the price for repeat gun offenders.” Authorities said they have good leads on the issue and are now reviewing the surveillance videos from the area to identify the suspect or suspects.
There is no official motive in the incident but police believed the man with the pregnant woman and White was a gang member and was the target of the suspect or suspects. In the Facebook Live video, the woman talked to her mom saying she did not want to go to the hospital because she might go to jail.
White was the third child shot in Chicago in the past days. Recently, an 11-year-old girl died after being struck in the head by a stray bullet. A 12-year-old girl was critically wounded just minutes after a separate shooting took place when the 11-year-old girl died. 92 children 11 years old and below have been killed in Chicago due to the gun violence epidemic.
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