Baby boy, 1, shot dead in car seat as he travelled back from trip out with mum

Police are investigating the tragic death of a one-year-old baby boy who was shot dead in his car seat while on his way back from a trip out with his mum.

The child, a 20-month-old boy, was shot dead as he and his 22-year-old mother travelled back from a laundrette in Chicago, United States.

A vehicle pulled up alongside the car as the pair travelled back home, and someone inside reportedly opened fire.

Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller said the baby, who was sitting in a child’s seat was in the back of the car and received a fatal bullet to his chest.

The mum was also injured in the shooting, suffering a grazed head, but managed to drive the car to hospital where the boy was pronounced dead.

Neither the mum or the child have been named by police, or locally, reportedly to maintain the mother’s protection.

Police have said they do no believe the shooting was random, and have said initial investigations support this theory.

Mr Waller said the murder weapon is yet to be recovered, but evidence from the car and the bullets suggest it was a handgun.

Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot vowed to catch the killer, and said he is “tired of funerals” and tired of burying Chicago’s children.

Baby boy, 1, shot dead in car seat as he travelled back from trip out with mum

In a series of tweets, Ms Lightfoot said: “The pain of losing a child never goes away.

“Today, we lost more young people to the gun violence epidemic: a 17-year-old in Humboldt Park and a 1-year-old in Englewood.

“As a mother, I am tired of the funerals. I am tired of burying our children.

“Father Mike Pfleger says that with every death of a child, we are burying our future.

“He’s right and we must do better.

“It’s on all of us. It’s on all of us to find the courage to be a part of the solution.”


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