- Two victims died on Valentine’s Day shooting in Chicago
- The fatalities include a two-year-old boy and his uncle
- The brutal murder was caught on Facebook Live
The fatal shooting of a toddler and his uncle in broad daylight in Chicago last Tuesday, February 14, has been caught on video.
The victims were streaming on Facebook Live inside a car when unidentified gunmen opened fire at them on the city’s West Side, the police have said.
The fatalities were identified as Lavontay White Jr., 2 years old, and his uncle whose name has not been released. The slain victims both sustained gunshot wounds.
The uncle’s pregnant girlfriend, 20, who was taking the video, was also hurt but survived and is now reportedly in stable condition at a hospital. She was shot in the abdomen but the baby is also expected to survive.
The boy’s 26-year-old uncle is known to be a member of a neighborhood gang and is believed to be the target of the killing.
In the video that has been uploaded on social media, the trio can be heard singing inside their vehicle when a burst of gunfire erupted. The boy and the man both died at the scene.
The woman managed to get out of the car. She is seen running while screaming for help.
“Momma! I got a bullet in my stomach! Please! Please! I can’t breathe!” she yelled.
In a statement, the Chicago police has condemned the killing even as it lambasted the lawmakers for ‘inaction’ against gun violence.
“This has got to stop somewhere. Our children should not have to pay the price for our inability to hold repeat gun offenders responsible for their actions,” said Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
The authorities said they are now hunting for the killers.
“We have very promising leads. We have video. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll find him,” said Johnson.
Lavontay White Jr., is the third child victim of gun violence in Chicago within a week.
On the same day, Takiya Holmes, 11, died from injuries in a Saturday shooting while another girl, Kanari Gentry Bowers, 12, remains in critical condition at a hospital.
Click the image below to watch the Facebook Live video that captured the shooting (Warning: Violent content, discretion is advised).