Gunfire wounds 4-year-old critically

May 25, 2008 5:30:35 PM PDT
A 4-year-old boy was in critical condition Saturday after being shot late Friday night.Police say the boy was the innocent victim of what might have been a drug-related argument between two men.

The victim, 4-year-old Martrell Stevens, was in the intensive care unit at a Chicago area hospital in critical condition Saturday evening. A bullet punctured his lung and his spine.

Martrell was sitting in the backseat of his mother's car Friday around 11:30 p.m., while she was picking up her husband near he 6400 block of South Bishop. A 23-year-old man, the boy's uncle, had just gotten into an argument with another man looking for marijuana. That man began shooting, hitting the 23-year-old. Then, he opened fire on the car.

Four children, including Martrell, were inside the car, but the others were not shot. After shooting, the gunman ran away.

The young boy's mother says is praying that the shooter will be caught soon.

"He ran up and started shooting. Once he heard me and my car and heard me and my nephew scream, he aimed at my car and just shot at my car. My son is only four years old. He was going to kindergarten next year. He didn't deserve this," said Keisha Rucker.

The boy's uncle was also injured in the shooting and taken to the hospital. He was listed in fair condition Saturday night.

So far, police have not made any arrests and do not have a good description of the shooter.


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