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3-year-old shot in head after gunmen open fire on car with mom, 2 other kids inside

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CHICAGO — A 3-year-old boy shot in the head while he was in the backseat of a parked car late Sunday is listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery Monday morning, family members say.

Lavontae Jackson spoke briefly in front of Comer Children's Hospital early Monday after hearing about what had happened to his younger brother King Goodman.

"He's in stable condition, he's good," Lavontae said.

According to police, the 3-year-old was in the car along with his mother and two siblings in the Back of the Yards neighborhood when three men approached and opened fire around 11:40 p.m. Sunday.

Relatives say one of the bullets went through King's right temple and exited the back of his head. After the attack, his mother drove to a gas station at 55th Street and Halsted Street, where she flagged down an unmarked police car to get help.

Instead of waiting for an ambulance, the officer rushed the toddler to Comer Children's Hospital.

Speaking off-camera, Goodman's great-grandmother said after he underwent surgery Monday morning he was able to squeeze her hand.

According to relatives, the family was coming back from grocery shopping Sunday night when the gunmen walked up to the car and started firing. The vehicle left at the scene had its rear passenger window shot out, with a car seat and sippy cup left in the back seat.

Goodman's great-grandmother said he was lying on his older sister's lap when he was shot.

The target and motive for the shooting are still unclear, as Area Central detectives search for the three gunmen. No one is in custody.

Goodman's family said they're optimistic he will pull through.

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