In “Grievous Act,” Boy, 3, Caught In Chicago Gang Crossfire


Two Chicago men were charged after a gang-related shooting Friday night left a 3-year-old boy in critical condition, an incident that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called a “grievous act,” the Chicago Tribune reports. “That incident, just to be clear, was a confrontation between two gang members,” McCarthy said. “And typically, shots were fired and an innocent … was struck. The three-year-old is expected to survive at this point but obviously has some pretty significant injuries.”

The boy was outside with his mother and another man when two men and two women walked past and exchanged words with the boy’s mother and the man she was with, police said. Someone among the group opened fire from down the block after walking by, hitting only the boy. McCarthy added that, “It’s another one of those cases that you always hear me talking about, where the offender has an extensive criminal history and shouldn’t have been on the streets in the first place to commit this grievous act.”

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