On Friday evening, in Chicago, a 9-year-old baby was shot and killed, police said. Authorities believed the kid was playing in a park.
A dark-skinned man went to a group of people, around 6 p.m. near the 900 block of North Cambridge Ave. in the Cabrini Green neighbourhood. The boy was amongst the group. The man started opening fire, police said.
"A 9-year-old boy was senselessly struck by gunfire ... unfortunately, our victim was struck multiple times," said Chicago Police Department Chief of Operations Brian McDermott at a press conference on Friday night.
The boy was transported to a hospital where he was reported dead an hour later.
"At this time, I'd like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family of the victim. I'd like to say that anytime a child is a victim of senseless gun violence in the city of Chicago that it greatly saddens and effects us all," said McDermott.
Investigators are looking for footage that would serve as a proof and are conducting interviews with witnesses.
McDermott said that the child wasn't the man's target, and authorities are still looking for the targetted person.
Police didn't arrest anyone, and is supporting everyone to lend officers any proof that might be helpful through
Chicago has witnessed an increasing number of gun violence during the pandemic.