ROGERS PARK — A 5-year-old boy was in critical condition after being shot while driving with his father in Rogers Park.
About 5 p.m. Sunday, the boy was in a car with his parents in the 7600 block of North Paulina Street when his father, 25, stepped out of the car for a moment, said Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan. Someone in a black Hyundai drove up and a person in the back seat fired shots, hitting the boy in his head, police said.
The boy’s mother drove the boy to a hospital in Evanston. He was in “extremely critical” condition as of Monday afternoon, Deenihan said.
The boy’s father was shot in his left hand and shoulder and brought himself to St. Francis Hospital, where he was in good condition.
The shooters were targeting the father, Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) said in a statement.
No one is in custody as police investigate.
“The violence being done to our city by people with grudges and guns is horrific,” Hadden said on social media in response to the shooting. “Our children should not be placed in harm’s way like this.”
There have been 28 shootings in the Rogers Park police district this year, according to police. There were 21 shootings through this point last year, crime statistics show.
The Rogers Park police district includes Rogers Park and West Ridge.
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