3 shot, including pregnant woman, 13-year-old boy, in Chatham drive-by, Chicago police say

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
3 shot, including pregnant woman and teen, in Chatham drive-by
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Relatives said the victims were a pregnant woman and a man in a wheelchair selling Sno Cones in their front yard, and and their 13-year-old cousin who was biking by.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police said three people were shot, including a teenage boy and a pregnant woman, in a drive-by in Chatham Friday afternoon.

Police said a 13-year-old boy, 21-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were on the sidewalk in the 8200-block of South Drexel around 5:30 p.m. when an unknown vehicle approached and someone inside opened fire.

Arnese Bickart said the three victims are her family members, including her son, who were in their own front yard at the time of the shooting.

"Terrell is in a wheelchair, and if you see him out there why would you shoot a person that's in a wheelchair?" Bickart wondered. "Terrell doesn't bother anybody. He's not a troubled child."

Bickart said her son, as he does every day, was sitting with his pregnant sister-in-law Evita London while she sold candy and Sno Cones.

"They sit out there every day and sell her candy," she said. "Every day. She is eight months pregnant. Who would shoot a pregnant woman?"

"I see them all the time," said Shelton, a witness who asked we only use his first name. "They're out here every day selling Sno Cones and stuff. You never know who is going to get shot. It's just ridiculous."

Bullets also struck Courtney Dorsey, the victims' young cousin, as he rode his bike nearby.

Police said Dorsey was struck in the face, Terrell was struck in the arm and Evita London was struck in the buttocks.

Chicago fire officials said Dorsey was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition. Terrell and London were taken to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition. Fire officials said their conditions stabilized at the hospitals.

Family said Dorsey was in emergency surgery as of 10 p.m., but that doctors told them London, her unborn baby and Terrell are expected to be OK.

No one seems to know who pulled the trigger or why.

"It's just ridiculous. When are they going to grow up? They talking about Black Lives Matter, but instead y'all killing each other," Shelton said.

"Any gunshots, I lay on the ground because you never know where it's coming from or who they're shooting at," said Denise Smith, who heard the gunfire. "It's always the wrong person they're shooting."

An investigation by Area Two detectives is ongoing and no one is currently in custody, police said. No description of the vehicle has been released.