A 5-year-old boy was critically wounded and his father was also injured when someone shot them with a rifle in Rogers Park on Sunday evening, according to Chicago police.
The victims were traveling in a car when the gunman pulled up next to them in a black Hyundai and began firing in the 7600 block of North Paulina just after 5 p.m., according to a CPD media statement.
Police said the boy suffered a gunshot wound to his head, and his father was shot in the left hand and shoulder. Both arrived at St. Francis Hospital in the bullet-riddled car shortly after the shooting. The boy was subsequently transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, CPD said.
Investigators found several rifle round casings at the shooting scene. Witnesses said the gunman’s car may have headed west on Howard after the shooting.
There have been 22 people shot in Rogers Park so far this year, including five during August. By comparison, the neighborhood had 17 shooting victims as of this date last year.