Child shot in West Side home invasion

January 18, 2008 5:02:59 PM PST
An adult and child were shot during a home invasion on the city's West Side. A third person in the house was beaten Friday.

An infant in the home was not hurt.

The incident started before 10 a.m. Friday. Neighbors say masked men were seen running from the apartment building at 4026 W. Division Street.

The specific relationship between those injured has not been determined, but authorities say everyone living in the house was related.

Police say one of the men was both shot and stabbed. The other was pistol whipped. The child, who is believed to be 6, and the individual who was stabbed are listed in critical condition.

"We still have no way to determine why the child was struck," said Chicago Police Commander Juan Rivera.

"The information that we have received is that four individuals, possibly offenders, fled in a gold-colored car," said First Deputy Superintendent Dana Starks of the Chicago Police Department.

There is a police camera three-quarters of a block away from the scene of the crime, and it is being examined for images.

Some neighbors say they heard shots fired mid-morning, but did not see anything.

The incident happened with a preschool filled with children right next door. The children were allowed to stay, once police determined there was no further danger. Division is also a busy street, and the apartment has a business on the ground floor.

The apartment building landlord says he does not know of any possible motive for the home invasion and shooting.

"There were very nice people. I never had a problem with them. Very clean, very neat gentlemen," said landlord Missim Abistris.

Police say there was no forced entry into the home. They say there was a safe in the apartment, and it was open. They are trying to determine what, if anything, was taken.

Police also say they are questioning someone at Area Five police headquarters whom they hope will be able to provide them with some information.

As of Friday evening, no one had been charged in the crime.