Reports: Suspect in Killing of Mom, Son Shot on West Side

An alleged suspect in the fatal shooting of a young mother and her 5-year-old son Friday was injured in an overnight shooting, according to multiple reports.

The 18-year-old man was shot around 9:08 p.m. Friday in the 2800 block of West Arthington Street in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said.

The teen was standing on the sidewalk when a male offender approached on foot and shot him in the groin, back and neck, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition was not known, Zala said.

No one was in custody and the shooting remained under investigation Saturday.

Multiple reports Saturday claimed the teen was identified as the suspect in a double murder from earlier Friday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a police source confirmed the injured man was a suspect in the murder of 5-year-old Sterling Sims and his mother Chevonne Brown, 31.

According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, he was initially identified as the suspect using a tattoo and his identity was later confirmed by fingerprints.

Chicago Police News Affairs would not confirm whether the teen was a suspect.

Police said Brown and her son were found at about 2:40 a.m. inside their home on the 5300 block of South Winchester.

Family members told NBC Chicago that Brown lived with her boyfriend in the home. They moved in together a couple months ago.

Brown also has an 11-year-old son who was not hurt and is now with family members. They say she loved her boys, was a dedicated mother and can't imagine who would do this.

"I'm in pain. I'm in pain and I'm in shock, and I can't really describe it because I just buried my mother this past Saturday, so I'm still just trying to suffer and get over her death," said Doris Sims.

Detectives were still searching the home and collecting evidence Friday. They had not yet released a suspect description.

No one was in custody by Friday afternoon.

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