An 11-month-old Chicago boy witnessed tragedy late on Monday evening as he saw an unidentified shooter wipe out two generations of his family on his front porch. His pregnant mother and grandmother were those killed in an alleged case of random shootings that rocked the Back of the Yards neighborhood in South Chicago, according to latest reports emerging in the media.
The shootings spurred an emergency medical services response to the 5300 block of South Aberdeen Street after multiple people were reportedly shot, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Frank Velez.
The shootings took place when the family were getting out of their car after returning from a local event at 7:30 pm local time. Other than the two women, two 25-year-old men were rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after being shot in the legs and enduring a hit in the abdomen, respectively. The man shot in the abdomen remains in critical condition, while the other man is safe and out of danger, reports The Chicago Tribune.
The little boy was shot in the side too, but thanks to a policeman’s timely intervention, he is now out of danger.
Though the identities of the two men who were accompanying the family in the car remains unclear, it is understood that one of them might be the little boy’s father.
The boy’s mother, who has been identified as Patricia Chew, 23, was shot in the right side, and the boy’s grandmother, 46, Lolita Wells, was shot in the leg, according to witnesses and the police. Relatives confirmed that Patricia was two months pregnant.
Deputy Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy told reporters that a gunman inside a car drove up next to the parked vehicle, and while the group were still getting out of the car, fired indiscriminately at the victims.
“You have an innocent family coming home from a family outing. Somebody opens fire on two women, a child and two adults, killing the mother of the 11-month-old and the grandmother of the 11-month-old. In a second, two generations of that child’s family were wiped out.”
The investigation remains ongoing but the police have not commented on any possible leads.
According to Fox News, a police officer whisked the baby away for help instead of waiting for an ambulance. The decision might have saved the young boy’s life, according to hospital authorities, as the boy could have bled to death.
“The officer saw a seriously injured 11-month-old child and made a decision to transport that child immediately to a hospital,” Roy said. “He made the right call, and he is somebody we are very proud of.”
Unfortunately, the latest shootings mark a bloody weekend in the neighborhood, with several shootings targeting multiple victims reported from South Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood in the last few days. A total of 57 lives have been lost in one what appear to be sporadic shooting sprees that have engulfed South Chicago in the last week alone.
Five people were shot on Thursday night outside a neighborhood corner store just a few blocks away from South Aberdeen Street, where the latest shootings took place. In addition to that, another four people were shot after a family barbecue Sunday in the 5200 block of South Justine Street.
Do you believe the latest shootings in the suburbs mark a dangerous trend in Chicago?
[Photos by Scott Olson/Getty Images]