2-year-old, man killed in West Side shooting; Pregnant woman wounded

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CHICAGO – A toddler and man were killed, and a pregnant woman was critically injured in a shooting on Chicago’s West Side.

The shooting happened just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Ave in the city’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

Police say 2-year-old Lavontay White was in the car with his 20-year-old aunt and a 26-year-old man, who was the woman's boyfriend.

A second car drove by with three people inside. A gunman got out of that car and fired more than a dozen times, according to police, striking the toddler, woman and man.

The woman was broadcasting on Facebook Live when the shooting took place.

The 2-year-old boy was taken to the hospital where he later died. The woman is in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Police say the man who died at the scene is a documented a gang member and was targeted.

Police continue to investigate and are using videos to help them find the person responsible for the fatal shooting.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement Tuesday saying:

One victim of one shooting is one too many, but when innocent children are caught in the crossfire of gun violence and young people have their childhood stolen by stray bullets, our consciences are shaken and our hearts are broken. Every parent, regardless of where they live, should be able to take their child for a walk to the park or a ride in the car. These are normal rites of passage of childhood.

These shootings must be a turning point for our city. Anyone with information about these crimes owes it to the families of these children to come forward. Springfield owes it to the residents of this city to finally pass meaningful gun control and sentencing legislation to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and keep repeat violent offenders off our streets. And our criminal justice system owes it to all of us to give violent offenders sentences that match the severity of the crimes they have committed.