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3-Year-Old Boy Shot Inside Calumet Heights Dies 1 Week After Shooting

The boy was shot on April 22 at a home in the 8800 block of South Euclid Avenue

A 3-year-old boy who was shot in the face at a home in Chicago's Calumet Heights neighborhood on April 22 has died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Laroyce Bolden, 3, was pronounced dead on Sunday afternoon, more than one week after he was shot inside a residence in the 8800 block of South Euclid Avenue.

"His mother is traumatized," crisis responder Andrew Holmes told NBC 5. "I mean, three, and she kept this baby nine months. We need help. We need help ASAP, and his family needs help."

Chicago police previously said the child was struck to the face by "unknown gunfire" and originally brought to a nearby hospital. Police have yet to say if a motive has been determined.

"These babies didn't have no gun," Holmes said. "...It took a coward to discharge this weapon and take this baby's life and also permanent damage to this little girl last week.”

About 90 minutes after the 3-year-old boy was shot, a 6-year-old girl was injured in a separate shooting inside a Woodlawn apartment building. The girl was shot in the arm and was taken to Comer Children's Hospital where she was originally listed in good condition.

Speaking to NBC 5 on Sunday, Holmes said children should never be the targets of gun violence.

"Our children are off limits," he stated. "Our grandmothers are off limits, our families are off limits, then take your hands off them damn guns, that should be off limits to stop hunting our children down."

No arrests have been made in either shooting as of Sunday night.

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