Boy, 9, Shot In Head In Roseland

UPDATED 07/06/11 4:20 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 9-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition, after being shot in the head in his own backyard early Wednesday morning in the Roseland neighborhood.

As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, Ivan Burns was shot around 3:15 a.m. while in the backyard at 30 E. 100th Pl., just east of State Street. Activists said the 4th grader and his father were caught between rival gangs when they started shooting indiscriminately overnight.

Police said Ivan and his father had gone out to the back yard to let their dog in for the night, when shots rang out and the boy was struck in the head.

Neighbor Delores Burns told CBS 2’s Susanna Song that she heard the shots that wounded the 9-year-old boy.

“I heard, like, some gunshots because I was just coming out of my garage, and I heard them shooting, so I ran in the house,” Brown said.

Brown said she heard 6 or 7 gunshots and locked her door.

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Police say the boy and his father had been in the house, and had called it a night after watching TV and playing video games when they came out to bring in the dog, who was chained in the yard. That mundane activity ended up turning to tragedy.

“You know, the kids can’t play out here, because of they’re doing all this shooting out here,” Brown said. “A lady over there across the street, yesterday, she just got her car shot up. She had nine bullets in it, and then all this is happening again.”

Brown said just a year ago, her daughter was shot and killed just a block away by her boyfriend.

The family’s pastor, Gregory Livingston, said the family was too distraught to talk to reporters Wednesday afternoon.

“I think anytime you get shot, especially the traumatic wound that he received, it’s gonna be an uphill battle no matter what it is, but we’re praying for him,” Livingston said.

Sources said Ivan is unconscious and is in a medically induced coma.

His neighbor Nancy, who didn’t want to give her last name, said she refused to believe that the boy she’s used to seeing playing in his yard won’t soon be coming home from the hospital.

“We plan on seeing that little boy out here again, going to school and spending the rest of the summer being with my son, playing together,” she said.

Nancy said she’s struggling with how to break the news to her son, who now has to come to terms with the fact that one of his best friends may never be able to jump on the trampoline with him again.

“I’ve been praying that he pulls through this,” she said. “I’m praying that they come back with some good news that he made it.”

Community activist Andrew Holmes came to the neighborhood Wednesday morning to check up on the boy’s family.

“There have been quite a few shootings in Roseland over the weekend, but mostly I’m concerned about this young man fighting for his life, because with each gunshot, the bullet always hits a child, and it’s just disturbing that this young man has to be at the end of this bullet trying to fight for his life,” Holmes said. “But at the same time, I’m trying to find out why and how he was shot.”

Holmes said he hopes to make contact with the boy’s parents and offer them help. He also wants to find out how and why the shooting happened, and talk with residents of the community to find out.

He said he wants to “try to trace where this gun came from; get some information – who had this gun; who it belongs to.”

As of 4 p.m., no one was in custody in the shooting. Detectives spent the morning talking to neighbors and collecting evidence, trying to piece together exactly what led up to the incident.

Wednesday night, activists were planning to team up with CeaseFire for a peace rally in the neighborhood. At 6 p.m., the groups will march from the scene of another shooting at 107th Street and Wentworth Avenue to the scene where Ivan was shot.

  • NWA

    Some things are hard to believe sometimes but, what’s not hard to believe is the father being the target. What’s hard to believe is the lack of discipline this father had. What’s not hard to believe is that nothing good happens at 3:20 AM, and that’s in any neighborhood in Chicago.


    • NWA

      Wow! This story has spun quickly. Maybe a family member shot this young boy? The first story read that the shooting happened on the front porch.


      • Pothead

        Regardless NWA no child should be up and in the yard at 3:20am. You mention father but I’ll bet he’s known as baby daddy. Baby daddy and baby momma is not a family structure. It all starts right there. My son has a freind who reffered to his childs mother as baby momma , I looked at him and told we are not cattle.

      • NWA

        @ pothead:

        If your son has a “friend” who does that, then it’s obvious he does a poor job of choosing “friends,” which, is a value parents teach their children.


    • Mike Leahy

      nwa………… blame this on the father?

  • Chad

    I hope the police find the person who did this. I also think the parents need to be charged as well. Why was a 9 year old out at 3am? It doesnt matter if he was in his own backyard.
    I hope this youngster recovers. I hope that he grows up to be a voice in his community against violence. I pray that he will someday have the chance to face the person who shot him and watch that person be put behind bars where he/she will have to think about what brought them there, every minute of every hour for the rest of their lives.

    • Mike Leahy

      hey chad………….what crime did the parents commit?

  • tom Sharp

    Yeah Rahm (and Ron), crime is definitely down in Chi Town!!!

  • shane013a

    I’ve noticed that there are a lot of children, under 18, up and about at all hours of the morning being shot in this city!

    • Angela Salinas

      It seems that a majority of parents just aren’t parents anymore. Parent is getting to be just one of those “going through the motioin words.” You know, like “I love you.” If you say it enough you can say it without thinking, even when you don’t really mean it. It’s work od habit. Just because you have a kid doesn’t make you a parent, it means you sputed one out, it some cases. “Parents need to be held accountable, and maybe a “police” country wouldn’t be such a bad idea, selectively. I don’t care if it’s 3 am, or 8 pm, there shouldn’t be a 6-7 year old kid anywhere, alone or with a bunch of kids, walking, riding on their bikes, just hanging out, etc, blocks away from their home and the parent doesn’t know or care where they are. I see kids pestering people all the time looking for someone to play with them blocks away from their home. The “parents,” apparently don’t know where they are. When they are. When they get home from school, no one is home half the time and the kids stay outside until mom, dad, or grandma gets home. There are people who would make wonderful parents who can’t have kids, and “parents” who are rotten, who spute kids out like a snake sheds it’s skin. God bless the child that survives a situation such as this. But all that’s happening most of the time is a vicious cycle.

  • Pothead

    NWA , I think you missed the point where I told him we are not cattle. Besides I’m sure his child won’t be outside at 3am.

  • Mr. Justice

    WELL FOLKS, I GUESS CHICAGO ISN’T THE ONLY PLACE THAT HAS A PROBLEM WITH BLACK CRIME. WHEN IS IT GOING TO END???? READ THIS STORY:………LIBERTY, Texas — More than a dozen men accused of taking part in a series of sexual assaults on an 11-year-old girl are expected in court Wednesday in a case that has divided and horrified their southeast Texas town.

    The 14 men, who along with five juvenile boys are facing charges, are scheduled to be in a state district courtroom in Liberty for status updates. The investigation began in December, after one of the girl’s friends told a teacher he had seen a lurid cell phone video that showed the girl being raped in an abandoned trailer.

    Authorities say the girl was assaulted on at least five occasions, sometimes by as many as seven or eight young men or boys at a time, from mid-September to early December in Cleveland, a small city about 45 miles northeast of Houston. The suspects range in age from a middle-school student to a 27-year-old, and include two star athletes at the local high school as well as adults with criminal records.

    Most of the adult suspects face charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, while four face a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Most have pleaded not guilty and are free on bond, while one, 26-year-old Marcus Porchia, was charged after his arrest with sexually assaulting another girl in an unrelated case.

    The case shined a sometimes unflattering spotlight on Cleveland after some in the town of about 9,000 residents suggested the girl was culpable in part for what happened, claiming she wore makeup and looked older. Some also accused her parents, immigrants from Mexico, of not watching her more closely. Those suggestions were sharply criticized by many Cleveland residents and by community and religious groups outside the city.

    Also complicating the case was a belief by many in the predominantly black neighborhood where several of the suspects live that the arrests were racially motivated. All of the suspects are black, while the girl is Hispanic.

    The girl, now 12, remains in foster care as her parents, who have health problems and moved out of Cleveland after receiving threatening phone calls, work with state child welfare authorities to get her back.

    A gag order is preventing those connected to the case from commenting.

    Authorities began investigating after the girl’s friend told a teacher he had seen a video that had been passed around among classmates that showed the girl being attacked. Police determined it was recorded inside a mobile home on the city’s northern outskirts.

    The girl told investigators she was raped Nov. 28, first at a house near the mobile home and then at the trailer. Indictments allege she also was assaulted in September, October and December.

    • Right

      Those negroes should not be free. They should be in jail until they are sentenced.

    • Roberta Waker

      WOW. And most of them are walking around free? If this has been going on for months, why didn’t she say something and why wasn’t anything done? I hope this poor girl survives. The residents blamed the girl for wearing makeup and looking older? Give me a break. These “boys” should all go to jail for rape and be castrated so they won’t rape another child.

      • Angela Salinas

        It’s proof as to just how evil this world really is. How horrible that a young child had to suffer and be tragically affected by this vicious attack for the rest of her life.Unless she suffered from some out of whack hormonal imbalance making her 6 feet tall, I doubt she looked older than 11 years old. Think about just how small an 11 year old really is. I can imagine how terrified she was to say anything. How quickly do you think a 16 year old girl would report being the victim of such an attack? Even a grown woman would have to think hard before going to the police. This was a small child, not a woman, not a teenager, but a small child. I have a 10 year old boy and he weighs all of 62 pounds. That’s a small child in a big cruel world. God bless her with peace, mental and physical healing.

    • NWA

      Surfing or, were you just catching up on the news because this is an old story. Kind of like that Casey Anthony thing or, the dude who spend fifty-seven years as a cop?


      • Mr. Justice

        @ NWA……Are you really that stupid or are you just being the “typical racist” that you are known to be? You have No Friends here on this website at all. Conversely, I have many “like minded” friends on here that would agree with me that you are a very stupid racist. Oh, the word Conversely means, “opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around”. I thought I had better explain that BIG word to you.

    • Mike Leahy

      how do you know who the race of the shooter? Also…..what is the difference between black crime and white crime?

      • Leroy Goldberg

        The difference? Black crimes, especially Black on Black crimes provide hours of entertainment on this website.


  • Pothead

    Maybe dey was gonna open the fire hydrant at 3am.

  • sickofitall

    You all sound so damn ignorant and racist. In ALL these cases, the main point is ANOTHER CHILD is dead. Be it Caylee Anthony, a white child, or this young boy, a black child. It says they were bringing the dog in. It wouldn’t matter though. He could have been in his bed and still been shot, it’s happened before! Wake the hell up and get some sense. It’s all senseless violence and no innocent child deserves to be the mistaken target of it.

    • justMYopinion

      I do agree, however, none of the world will ever remember this little boy’s name because he is from just another “bad” neighborhood. It isn’t the neighborhood that’s bad, it’s the *&%#heads that come in and ruin it. I feel so bad for the families that probably worked so hard to make a nice life for themselves and these thugs have to ruin it all. My prayers go out to the entire family of that little boy, even the father that you are all blaming….at least his father was with him because a lot of kids don’t even know their fathers. Shame on all you that are talking about this father (not sickofitall) because it is true, the point is ANOTHER CHILD is DEAD!!

  • Lyndia

    First and foremost, the child SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN BED AT 3 IN THE MORNING. What kind of parent would allow a child to be up that late? I don’t know.Secondly, that is a poor neighborhood. Why do they need a dog? For protection when they are not at home? Well ok, I will go for that. I hope that child recovers and I hope the shooters get caught spend the rest of their lives in the pen.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    They sure love making dem babies, they just don’t know how to care for them.


  • WuxMoo

    No doubt its turning into a real ZOO out there. Scary.

  • havingmysay

    Everyone’s blaming the father for having his son out after 3a.m. Let me remind each of you that no child or anyone deserves to be shot for ANY DAM reason period! The child was in his own background. I even would take the trash out late at night. And by me doing so, give these punks a right to shoot and kill me? No wonder people have already left the state and Rahm the ruler can’t do a thing about it.

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