Toddler Among Two Killed In West Side Shooting

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two people were killed, including a toddler, and one more was wounded in a shooting Tuesday afternoon in North Lawndale.

Multiple shots were fired at a vehicle in the alley of the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue on Tuesday shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Two-year-old Lavontay White, who was in the backseat of the vehicle, was shot in the head. A Chicago Police spokesman said the boy succumbed to his injuries and died Tuesday afternoon at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Lavontay White (Source: Facebook)

Lavontay White (Source: Facebook)

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson voiced his anger and frustration about another child being shot in the city this week.

“It’s just ridiculous that we have to keep seeing children pay the price because we can’t hold these individuals accountable,” Johnson said. “I’m sick of it, and I know Chicago is sick of it.”

The toddler’s pregnant aunt was also in the vehicle. The 20-year-old was shot in the stomach, but is reportedly in fair condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Hey boyfriend, who police said is a documented gang member, was shot several times and also sustained a wound to the head. The 26-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Superintendent Johnson said he thinks this was a targeted shooting, adding that the shooters were looking for the male victim.

“I hope our legislative partners are looking right now,” said Johnson. “We have got to step up, roll up our sleeves, and do the right thing. And the right thing is creating a culture of accountability for these people that refuse to live by the rules of society.”

Superintendent Johnson said the Chicago Police Department has some promising leads. No one is in custody, but police are reviewing surveillance video from the alley where the shooting occurred.

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