CHICAGO — A man with special needs was shot in the head in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood in a gang-related incident, police say.

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Police Department said the shooting happened around 6:38 a.m. in the 4700 block of South Wolcott.

According to police, a father with his 21 and 15-year-old sons — both who are people with special needs — were waiting for a bus to go to school, when 3 to 4 Hispanic individuals approached and opened fire.

The father and the 15-year-old were uninjured in the shooting, but the 21-year-old was shot three times, including once in the head.

The victim has been identified as Jesus Rega.

After police arrived on scene, the Chicago Fire Department transported Rega to Stroger Hospital where he is in critical condition and has undergone surgery.

Doctors fear Rega may lose his eyesight because of where the bullet hit him in the face. 

Police believe the shooting to be gang-related, as their preliminary investigation showed the offenders shouted out gang slogans trying to identify if the father and his sons were members of a rival gang before they opened fire.

“ShotSpotter did alert us to 39 shot rounds at this location and multiple shell casings were recovered,” said CPD Cmdr. Don Jerome.

The victims have no record of gang affiliation, according to police.

Police described the offenders as being Hispanic males in their teens-to-20s who were wearing dark clothing.

Police have no one is in custody.

If you or someone you know has information that can help CPD make a breakthrough in this case, police encourage you to reach out to Area 1 Detectives at (312) 747-8380 or file an anonymous tip online at