A toddler has been shot dead in Chicago after an individual fired into a crowd outside a party.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the boy as Julien Gonzalez, 2.
Police said he was on the sidewalk outside a home on Chicago’s northwest side around 10.15 pm Saturday when shots were fired.
He was with an 18-year-old man who was shot in the leg and survived.
The scene (pictured) where a boy, 2, was shot dead and a male, 18, who was with him was also shot in the leg, bringing to ten the total number of people shot in Chicago this weekend
Two women had been fighting in the alley between Kilbourn and Kenneth Avenue when the shots were fired in their direction, police said.
The boy and his minder were at the mouth of an alley in the 2200 block of North Kilbourn when the shots were fired, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
Gonzalez, who lived in the Clearing neighborhood, was struck in the neck and rushed to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11.39 pm, authorities said.
Yellow police tape zigzagged across the alley early Sunday as officers secured the crime scene.
In a separate incident on Saturday, James Garrett, 18, was fatally shot while attending a vigil on the city’s far South Side.
Police said about 100 people were at the vigil when an argument broke out and two people started shooting.
Garrett, 18, suffered a gunshot wound to his back when a male and female pulled out guns and opened fire during an argument in the 13200 block of South Prairie, according to authorities.
James Garrett, 18, (pictured) was fatally shot while attending a vigil in Chicago’s far South Side
He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and pronounced dead just over an hour later.
Also wounded was a 48-year-old man who was shot in his body and a 20-year-old woman who suffered a gunshot wound to her arm, police said.
The man was also taken to Christ and the woman was brought to University of Chicago Medical Center. Their conditions have since been stabilized.
A number of other shooting incidents happened in the city over the weekend.
Gonzalez was the youngest person to be fatally shot in the city this year, according to the
Jane Jara-Martinez (pictured) said the area where Saturday’s shooting happened is usually peaceful
Previously, 10-year-old twins who were shot to death by their father before he turned the gun on himself at their West Rogers Park home were the youngest victims.
Jane Jara-Martinez, a member of the board of directors of the Hermosa Neighborhood Association, told the Chicago Sun Times the corner on which the shooting occurred has proven to be the exception in a usually peaceful neighborhood over the past few months.
Police and local officials knew about the situation on the corner, according to Jara-Martinez.
But to resolve the problems, the people living around the corner need to make their presence known, Jara-Martinez said.
‘Start watering your lawn when you see [trouble-makers on the corner],’ Jara-Martinez said. Let them know it’s your street, too’.
Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th) will host a ‘roll call’ of neighborhood residents, police and aldermen of nearby wards near the shooting at 6pm Monday as part of an effort to ‘stand unified and take back our streets,’ Jara-Martinez said.