In a shooting caught on Facebook Live, a 2-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man were killed and a pregnant woman was wounded when a gunman opened fire as they drove down an alley in Lawndale Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
“Call 911! They killed him … I have a bullet in my stomach,” the woman screams as she runs from the car and into a house in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue around 1:30 p.m.
“Please, please, I can’t breathe,” she says. “Oh my God, please don’t, Lord, I can’t go. I can’t go.”
Seconds earlier, the woman had been posting video on Facebook Live as she drove with her boyfriend at her side and the toddler, Lavontay White Jr., in the backseat. The couple is singing along to music when several shots are fired at the car.
Lavontay and the man, 25, were both hit in the head, according to police. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said paramedics were able to revive the boy at the scene, but he was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, as was the man.
The woman, age 20, and her baby were both listed in fair condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Family members said the baby was about four months along and was expected to survive.
The woman told police they were driving in the alley when a car block them behind an AC Delco Auto Electronics shop. A gunman got out and opened fire, police said.
No one was in custody late Tuesday afternoon, but investigators suspect the man was the intended target. “We have very promising leads, we have video,” Johnson said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll find him.”
The boy was the second child to die Tuesday from Chicago gunfire. Takiya Holmes, 11, died Tuesday morning from wounds suffered in a shooting Saturday. A second girl wounded over the weekend, Kanari Gentry Bowers, 12, remained in critical condition and on life support Tuesday.
In the Facebook Live video, the woman pulls into an alley and then looks to her left as the camera angle dips to face the windshield as gunfire can be heard.
The camera jerks as the woman appears to jump from the car and run along a fence line as gunfire continues.
Screaming, the woman appears to speed past a house and struggles to open a gate. She yells for someone as she opens the door and enters a home.
Once inside, the camera goes black but the audio can still be heard as the woman screams for help.
SOURCE: Heather Schroering, Peter Nickeas, Jeremy Gorner and Gregory Pratt