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9-year-old shot on South Side

A 9-year-old boy was shot while riding in a car with his mother on Chicago’s South Side.

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.


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Police questioned a suspect in the shooting of a 9-year old boy last week in the Park Manor neighborhood but released him without charges.

Police believe young Tykeece Hilliard was shot by someone who had been aiming at a friend of his mother  as they drove on the south side  at East 67th and South Evans Ave.

They questioned a 16-year-old but let him go.

There were as many as six other children in the car but no one else was hurt.

The victim Tykeece  had surgery for a chest wound and police say he’s expected to be alright.

Chicago police continue to search for the gunman who open fired on a south side street yesterday injuring a boy who was in a car.

9-year-old Tykeece Hilliard who was shot while in the backseat of his mother’s moving car yesterday is going to be ok, his mother said.

He had just eaten at McDonalds and in the car his mother was driving and on his way home with the rest of his siblings.

28-year-old Tynisha Hillliard is a single mother of 6 and had her entire family in the back seat of her red Chevy as she drove in the 6700 block of S Evans around 5:30 yesterday afternoon.

Shots rang out and Tynisha realized her son had been hit.  She headed directly to Comer Children’s Hospital with her kids and a male passenger–a friend, she claims–all inside her car.

“My reaction was to save my son,” she said.

Tynisha’s own mother tells WGN her daughter is hanging out with known gang members, even dating one. Debra Hilliard thinks the male in the car last evening was the intended target yesterday, not her grandson, Tykeece.

“A mother is supposed to protect her child, not put him in harm’s way,” Debra said.

Tynisha denies this saying, “I have never put any of my children in harm’s way.”

Still the mother is begging for justice tonight. She wants the shooter caught for her son’s sake.

“I want him in jail.  Because anybody that can open fire when there are 6 children  in the car is a heartless, cruel person,” she said.

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.

A boy was shot tonight while riding in a car on the south side.

According to police, the 9-year-old boy was shot in the car in the 6700 block of S. Evans in the Park Manor neighborhood around 5:30 this afternoon.

The car was then driven to Comer Children’s Hospital where the child was treated. No information was available on his condition.

Police are investigating both the scene of the shooting on the south side as well as the car that was driven to the hospital.

Check back for updates.