4-Year-Old Boy Shot While Riding in Vehicle

Chicago, Illinois – A 4-year-old boy was shot in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood on Tuesday while riding in a vehicle. The shooting occurred around 3:50 p.m. in the 3300 block of West North Avenue, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The young boy arrived at Stroger Hospital in critical condition but has since undergone surgery and is now considered stable, as confirmed by his grandmother in an interview with WGN News late Tuesday night. The grandmother recounted how they were driving to get a treat when suddenly shots were fired, with one bullet hitting the back license plate area of the vehicle and striking the boy in the back before traveling through to his stomach.

According to Jessie Fuentes from the 26th Ward, initial reports suggest that an unknown black sedan was following a light-colored SUV along Spaulding Avenue before the situation escalated at the intersection of North Avenue and Sawyer Avenue. Fuentes stated that two occupants in the black sedan opened fire on the SUV, resulting in the boy’s unfortunate injury.

Fuentes has been working closely with the family affected by the shooting, assessing their needs and collaborating with violence prevention organizations to prevent any further escalation or retaliation.

Law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation into the incident but have yet to make any arrests. The Chicago Police Department continues its efforts to bring those responsible to justice and ensure the safety and security of the city’s residents.