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Boy, 1, Wounded on South Side When Gunman Fires Into Car ‘Full of Children'

A 1-year-old boy was shot in the head Thursday night during a drive-by shooting on the South Side.

The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 9900 block of South Throop Street in the Longwood Manor neighborhood. The child was sitting in the passenger-side backseat of a parked car with four other people when a darker, older sedan pulled up alongside and opened fire, police said.

The boy was driven by his mother to Little company of Mary hospital in critical condition. Police said he would be transferred to Comer children’s hospital. 

"There was a grandmother and the mother was here," Andrew Holmes, a community activist, told reporters. "An unidentified car pulled up and discharegd the weapon. The car was full of children.”

No one was in custody and detectives were investigating.

"A 1-year-old baby, a 1-year-old! My message to the perpetrators, it won’t be long I guarantee you," Holmes said. "You won’t get away with this one. You won’t get away with this one."

Chicago Police say the only suspect description they have is the gunman drove off in a dark older model sedan.

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