Gunman who shot 1-year-old boy in head may have been targeting mother: police

CHICAGO — Chicago police are exploring the possibility that the gunman who shot a 1-year-old boy in the head may have been targeting the mother.

"This was not random," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune.

The family of Dijon Walker, who goes by "Chase," said he is currently on life support and "it is not looking good."

The shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 9900 block of South Throop Street in the Longwood Manor neighborhood.

Police said child was sitting in the rear passenger side of a parked vehicle when a "dark older model sedan" pulled up next to the vehicle and someone inside fired shots, striking the boy in the head.

The boy was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park in critical condition and was transferred to Comer Children's Hospital.

Two of the boy's siblings and his mother were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. No one else was hurt. No one is in custody.

A $13,500 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

The family is urging anyone with information to contact police.

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