Chicago shooting: 3-year-old boy shot in face inside Calumet Heights home, police say

Another shooting in Woodlawn injured 6-year-old girl, man 2 hours later

ByMaher Kawash and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Sunday, April 23, 2023
South Side neighbors worry for safety after 2 kids shot 2 hours apart
Two Chicago shootings injured two children in just two hours, the police department said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A toddler was shot inside a South Side home on Saturday afternoon, Chicago police said.

The shooting happened in the Calumet Heights neighborhood's 8800 block of South Euclid Avenue at about 3:40 p.m., police said.

Police said a 3-year-old boy was struck in the face by gunfire. The victim was transported to Jackson Park Hospital, and then transferred to Comer Children's Hospital in serious condition.

Neighbors said many seniors live in the area where the shooting happened, but they said the neighborhood is changing, and some are now worried about their safety.

"I have a young son that's 19," said Dawn, a Calumet Heights resident. "I won't let him come over here, because, at night, we hear the shooting off 87th street all the time. So, it's changing. It's unfortunate."

Family members said the boy is now undergoing surgery. As police search for the suspects in this shooting and another in Woodlawn, which injured a 6-year-old girl and a man just two hours later, neighbors are frustrated over the violence impacting young victims.

"The only way we're gonna put a stop to this gun violence, we have to start reaching out giving up the information, who you know who you saw. Or, who you might've known came in, and shot these children and discharged these weapons," said community activist Andrew Holmes.

There is no one in custody and area detectives are investigating. Police did not immediately provide further information about the shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back with ABC7 for updates.

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