Toddler critically wounded in suspected road-rage shooting in Chicago, police say

CHICAGO — A toddler was critically hurt in a suspected road-rage shooting near Chicago’s Grant Park, authorities said.

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According to the Chicago Sun-Times and WLS-TV, the incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday on Lake Shore Drive. Gunfire erupted during a possible dispute between two drivers “over not letting somebody into a lane of traffic,” Chicago police Cmdr. Jacob Alderden told reporters. Police said a 21-month-old boy inside one of the vehicles, which crashed near Monroe Street, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, WLS reported.

A good Samaritan rushed the boy and the car’s other occupants to a nearby hospital, according to the news outlets. The toddler was later taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition, the Sun-Times reported.

Police said they recovered a handgun from the crashed car, the news outlets reported. Later Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said shots had been fired from both vehicles involved, according to the Sun-Times.

Police have detained a person of interest in the case, the news outlets reported.

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