Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Shooting captured on Facebook Live claims life of Chicago toddler

Shooting captured on Facebook Live claims life of Chicago toddler

In a shooting caught on Facebook Live, a 20-year-old pregnant woman was wounded, while her 26-year-old boyfriend and her 2-year-old child, Lavontay White Jr., were killed. The 2-year-old boy, 26-year-old man and pregnant woman were sitting in a vehicle in an alley in the 2300-block of South Kenneth Avenue in the city's North Lawndale neighborhood when another auto pulled up, and one person got out and started shooting around 1:30 p.m. The two were later pronounced dead Tuesday at nearby hospitals, ABC News reported.

Chicago police say a small child and a woman are in grave condition and a man is dead after someone walked up to a vehicle they were in and opened fire with a gun.

Jones spotted three people outside his home, determined they didn't belong there and went inside and got a handgun, police said.

"We have yet another innocent child that can lose (his) life over senseless gun violence", Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at the scene of the shooting shortly before police announced that Lavontay had died from his injuries.

Earlier Tuesday and minutes after the triple shooting, police were sent to the 3400 block of West Walnut Street and North Homan Avenue, where one man was fatally shot. This was the second shooting of a child in Chicago on that day. "I have a bullet in my stomach", a traumatized Breunna screams.

Less than an hour later, Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 12, was also struck in the head while playing basketball at her primary school's playground.

Police have confirmed the authenticity of the video and it is part of their investigation, spokesman Frank Giancamilli said. According to The Chicago Tribune's violence tracker, there have been 410 shooting victims for 2017 so far.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he would welcome federal help and additional funding to complement the efforts of local law enforcement. It market latest spasm of violence in a city struggling to contain such attacks. "I was promised that we would have some gun legislation in January and it's now the middle of February and it's still not here", Johnson said.

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