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Person Held In Rogers Park Shooting Of 5-Year-Old, Alderman Says, As Neighbors Pray For Critically Wounded Boy

Devin McGregor, 5, was shot in his head while riding in a car with his parents Sunday in Rogers Park.

Pastor Kim Shelton of Good News Community Church leads a pray vigil for Devin McGregor, 5-year-old boy critically wounded in a Rogers Park shooting.
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ROGERS PARK — A person was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with a Rogers Park shooting that critically wounded a 5-year-old boy, according to the area’s alderperson.

The person was brought in two days after 5-year-old Devin McGregor and his father were shot while driving Sunday in the neighborhood, Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) said.

Devin was in a car with his parents around 5 p.m. Sunday in the 7600 block of North Paulina Street when his father, 25, stepped out of the car briefly, police said. Someone in a black Hyundai drove up, and a person in the back seat fired shots, hitting Devin in his head, police said.

Although Hadden called it an arrest, a police spokesman said no one had been arrested or charged for the shooting as of Wednesday.

The boy’s mother drove him to a hospital in Evanston, where the boy has remained in critical condition, officials said.

The father was shot in his left hand and shoulder and managed to get himself to St. Francis Hospital, where he was in good condition but still hospitalized as of Tuesday, Hadden said.

The shooters were targeting the father, Hadden previously said.

As Devin fights for his life in the hospital, Rogers Park neighbors came together Tuesday night outside Good News Community Church, 7649 N. Paulina St., to pray for the boy and call for an end to violence.

The boy was shot near the church while a picnic was wrapping up, and bullet holes from the shooting remain in the church’s front facade, pastor Kim Shelton said.

Around three dozen neighbors and peace activists joined Shelton to pray for Devin. A relative of the boy video-called other relatives in his hospital room so the family could feel the community’s support.

“We want to pray to reclaim peace around here,” Shelton said. “We come to lift [Devin] up. We pray for him. … This has to stop.”

Devin started kindergarten in Evanston days before he was shot, family members told the Tribune. He was excited for school and enjoyed playing video games, his grandfather told the Tribune.

The shooting has rocked Rogers Park, where the police district has seen an increase in shootings over the same time period last year.

Addressing violence requires a multi-pronged approach, but one aspect that is not to be overlooked is direct community action, Hadden said Tuesday.

“The answer I keep coming back to is community,” she said. “Even with us right here, we can make a difference. We’ve got to keep showing up. … We need leaders in the community to say, ‘Not one more.'”

Some who attended the vigil witnessed the shooting and its aftermath. One man said he heard the gunfire and looked out his window to see Devin’s mom holding her son and screaming for help.

“I’ve never seen anything like that, and I was in the military,” said the man, who asked not to be identified. “A child? It was just terrible. It’s getting out of hand. Something needs to be done.”

Police continue to investigate, a spokesperson said.

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