Chicago police are searching for suspects after a young boy was shot in the face in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood Wednesday night.
Police say it was around 9 p.m. when bullets came flying from a dark-colored vehicle towards a crowd standing in a courtyard of an apartment at West 64th Street and King Drive, striking 4-year-old Kavan Collins in the jaw.
A 28-year-old woman also suffered a graze wound to her temple, according to police.
Thursday morning the boy was being treated at Comer Children’s Hospital and is expected to be okay, authorities said. The woman was taken to Cook County’s Stroger Hospital and is said to be in stable condition.
Chicago police say they have no suspects in custody.
Community activists told NBC 5 neighbors have indicated they know who was behind the shooting, and hope a $10,000 reward being offered by Project HOOD will encourage someone to speak up.
“We cannot continue to allow children to be shot when they are just outside with their mom trying to play and have a good day,” said Pastor Corey Brooks. “So we’re going to make sure when you shoot someone in Woodlawn, from this point on, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that you’re arrested and that everything is thrown at you that can possibly be thrown at you."
About a half hour after Kavan's shooting, gunshots rang out again in the city, hitting multiple victims over six miles north in the Lawndale neighborhood at West 15th Street and South Christiana Avenue. This time, four men in their early 20s were shot after a fight broke out between two groups. Police suspect all the victims are gang members.
Wednesday has been deemed a National Day of Action to Stop Gun Violence, with demonstrations planned across the country and at Chicago’s Federal Plaza.