'No regard for life': 7-year-old boy among 3 wounded in Englewood shooting, Chicago police say

ByCate Cauguiran and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Child among 3 shot on South Side, Chicago police say
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A child was among three people hurt in an South Side shooting in the 7400 block of South Loomis Blvd, the Chicago Police Department said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A child was among three people shot on the city's South Side Monday afternoon, Chicago police said.

The family of the 7-year-old boy told ABC7 they are simply grateful that their loved ones will be okay. But at the same time, they're outraged over the recent violence impacting young children

Donesha Childs, a 23-year-old mother, and her 7-year-old son, Jamari, were both in at the University of Chicago Medical Center on Monday night, being treated for gunshot wounds.

"The crime just needs to stop. The violence just needs to stop," said Shkunna Stewart, Childs' older sister.

A litter of evidence markers could be seen near multiple gunshot casings in the Englewood neighborhood's 7400 block of South Loomis Boulevard.

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"She had called me and said that they were on the way to get food," said Jamia Sewell, Childs' niece.

Chicago police said the shooting happened at about 5:45 p.m.

"She said they was just riding, then a car pulled up alongside of her and just started shooting," Stewart said.

Family members identified Childs, her 19-year-old boyfriend and her 7-year-old son, as the three people who were inside the vehicle that was shot at.

"He's a baby. It's like there's no regard for life at this point," Stewart said. "They just don't care if it's a child."

Police said the 7-year-old was shot in the arm and his mother was shot in the hand. Childs' boyfriend was shot in his leg.

"We were just here with the 6-year-old. And then, a couple of days before that, we had another 6-year-old. Now, we have a 7-year-old," said community activist Andrew Holmes.

On Monday night, family and activists were beyond fed-up, calling on city leaders and police to step up.

"These babies maybe have permanent damage to the rest of their life," Holmes said. "They're in a lot of pain."

Area One detectives are investigating. Police did not provide further information about the shooting.