Chicago police say they are questioning a person of interest after a 7-year-old boy was shot last night in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood.
The boy was released from the hospital earlier today. He is the ninth child aged 7 or young to be shot in Chicago in less than two months.
His mother says he is traumatized.
Tasha McDuffie says it happened so fast. The family returning home last night after a picnic and her son Tyvion Jackson had just taken his bike inside.
“He was helping his cousin bring her bike in the house and as they got in between the two doors,” she said. “Shots rang out and hit him under his arm and in his shoulder.”
Police say a group of people started arguing with someone in a car near the 4200 block of West 5th Ave. Someone in the group pulled a gun, opened fire, and took off running.
Bullets ended up striking Tyvion.
Neighbors say this stretch of 5th avenue, right across from an elementary school, is typically safe.
Tyvion just started 2nd grade at Legacy Charter School.
His mother says the family will have to move.
“He should be able to go in the house get ready for bed and go to school like normal kids,” she said. “Instead he gets shot going inside his house. So I’m very angry. “