Per Fox News Chicago, A 3-year-old boy was shot in the head Thursday afternoon in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.
The shooting, which appeared to be accidental, happened just before 5 p.m. inside a home in the 6200 block of South Aberdeen, according to Chicago Police and Fire Media Affairs.
The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, authorities said.
On Thursday night, the 3-year-old boy was undergoing surgery as doctors try to do all they can for him.
Police told FOX 32 the young victim was home with three other siblings, all under 11 years old. The parents were not there at the time.
“But at this point the health of the child is the concern right about now, then tracing where that gun came from, who brought that gun into the house and who had that gun,” said community activist Andrew Holmes.
Police say the children were playing with a gun, but it’s not clear if the 3-year-old boy, known to neighbors as Bam Bam, pulled the trigger or if he was accidentally shot by one of his siblings.
“First and foremost a child has been injured. It’s a tragic situation, not only for the family, for the child, but for our entire community and city. So we have to do everything we can to ensure instances like this do not repeat themselves,” said CPD Commander Kenneth Johnson.
One neighbor said this was more than sad.
“All I know is there some good people, okay, they work every day, they wake up in the morning take their children to school and bring them home, I just saw them about 30 minutes before it happened,” said Myrtle Hughes.
“You see it over and over again where the gun is inside of the house and if a gun is inside of a house, then we have to put the chips where they lay, who’s responsible for that weapon,” Holmes said.
On Thursday night, the victim’s family was at the hospital and Holmes was there as well. What police are now trying to sort out is who fired the gun and how did they get a hold of it.
The shooting comes just over a month after 2-year-old Lavontay White was killed in a shooting on Feb. 14 in North Lawndale.