CHICAGO — Two children were among three wounded in a drive-by shooting in Auburn Gresham on the South Side Sunday evening, police confirm.
According to the Chicago Police Department, a 10-year-old boy, 11-year-old boy and 27-year-old man were in front of a residence on the 8200 block of south Ada Street around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle passed by and someone fired shots.
The 10-year-old was struck in the ankle and calf and the 11-year-old was struck in the arm, while the 27-year-old was struck in the leg and arm. Both boys were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition, and the man was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in good condition as well.
Relatives say the man is the father of one of the injured boys, and all three are related. All three are expected to recover from their injuries. Juanita Youngblood said she’s the great-aunt of the boys, and explained the family had gathered to celebrate the life of her son Kenshaw, who was shot and killed two years ago.
Relatives were planning to celebrate his life Sunday afternoon when the gunshots rang out.
“I was on my way here talking to my sister on the phone I heard her screaming,” Youngblood said.
As the television cameras were rolling, someone at the scene was led to a police car in handcuffs.
Pastor Donovan Price came to pray with the family, hoping to help ease their pain while calling on city leaders to step up and save Chicago’s children.
Data from the City of Chicago show from January 1- July 12, 182 minors have been shot and 34 killed.
“Is COVID gonna kill our children or each other gonna be the thing that kills our children,” Price said. “If the children are gone the future is gone.”