Chicago toddler shot and killed in latest spasm of violence

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16 February, 2017

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the shooting should be a "turning point".

Police stopped a silver SUV for a traffic violation in the 4200-block of West Cullerton Street in the city's Lawndale neighborhood just after 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Chicago Police said the 26-year-old male who was also in the vehicle, whose name has not been released, is a known gang member.

Lavontay was the third child shot in Chicago since the weekend and the second to die on Tuesday.

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Two children have died this week and one is on life support, he said. About three minutes later, several shots ring out.

She then runs down the alley where they had been driving and begs for a neighbour to let her into their home.

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Lavontay White, his aunt and her boyfriend were driving in Chicago when a gunman cut them off, got out of the auto and opened fire on their vehicle.

A 19-year-old has been charged with her murder.

Chicago has seen a spike in gang-related violence that has garnered national attention from both media and President Donald Trump.

"We have very promising leads", Johnson said at a news conference. Both girls were in critical condition on Monday but police have not updated their condition since. Police had not yet released the names of the shooting victims.

Less than an hour later, Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 12, was also struck in the head while playing basketball at her primary school's playground. Police said the officers thought the SUV matched the description of the vehicle wanted in the toddler's death. Police claim that the man who died was a known gang member.

The violence on the expressways also prompted the Chicago Crime Commission to ask that state and federal officials find the money to purchase a high-tech "expressway video surveillance system". "I was promised that we would have some gun legislation in January and it's now the middle of February and it's still not here", Johnson said.

"We have economic issues in this city that we have to address", he said.


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