A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot while riding in a car with his mother.
By all accounts Tykeece Hilliard should be in school today, instead of in the hospital. The boy is described as outgoing and smart, and relatives are desperate for him to pull through.
“The teacher loves him, his classmates love him,” said his grandmother, Debra Hilliard. “It just hurts that my grandbaby is lying in the hospital because of gangbangers.”
A police source tells WGN the boy was an unintended target in a gang-related shooting.
Tykeece was in his mother’s car at 67th and Evans at around 5:30 yesterday when bullets were aimed into the vehicle. Investigators gathered evidence from the car of Tynisha Hilliard after she drove her son directly to the hospital with a gunshot to the chest.
A source says a boyfriend had also been in the car but he fled. He is a known gang member and was likely the target.
Friends of Tynisha Hilliard say the single mother of six would never knowingly put her children in harm’s way.
Tykeece underwent emergency surgery last night. His mother indicated afterwards that doctors were optimistic about the boy’s recovery, but relatives are still feeling anxious.
“I’m just praying for the best, that my grandbaby will pull through this, because it’s killing me, it’s hurting me,” Debra Hilliard told WGN. “And if anybody has something to do with this I want them arrested.”
Police continue to investigate the shooting, including the mother’s initial account of hearing people arguing near the scene of the gunfire that has left her son fighting for his life.