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Toddler Shot While Riding in Vehicle on Lake Shore Drive Near Chicago's Grant Park

The shooting happened just after 11 a.m. following a road rage incident near East Waldron and Lake Shore Drive

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A 1-year-old child was shot Tuesday morning while riding in a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, near downtown's popular Grant Park, police said.

The shooting happened just after 11 a.m. following a road rage incident near East Waldron and Lake Shore Drive, authorities said. Shots were fired for at least two blocks before the vehicle carrying the child crashed near Monroe.

Police said a person of interest is currently being questioned in the shooting, but did not release further information about a suspect, suspects or any vehicles that may have been involved.

Officials said the child suffered a gunshot wound to the right temple. Police initially said the child was 3 years old, but later updated that the victim was 2. Doctors said Tuesday afternoon the child was 1, but nearly 2 years old.

Witnesses reported hearing shots fired before the crash. A female passenger was seen getting out of the vehicle with an infant, who was then transported by an "unknown citizen" to Northwestern Hospital, police said.

A 3-year-old child was shot Tuesday morning while riding in a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, near downtown's popular Grant Park, police said.

The child was transferred to Lurie Children's Hospital in critical condition, according to authorities. Doctors later said the boy was in "grave condition" and in the hospital's intensive care unit on a ventilator with a "very serious bullet wound injury."

Hospital officials said the boy suffered a brain injury.

A police investigation was ongoing as of Tuesday morning. Chicago officials said they believed the shooting stemmed from a road rage incident.

"There was a dispute possibly over somebody not letting somebody over into a lane of traffic," Cmdr. Jake Alderden said during a news conference.

Authorities said a weapon was recovered from someone who was inside the vehicle the child was riding in, but it remained unclear if that weapon was used.

Two left lanes of northbound Lake Shore Drive were blocked at Monroe Drive following the shooting and crash.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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