Roseland, Chicago shooting today: 7-year-old boy shot dead at 10800 block of South State Street, police department says

CHICAGO (WLS) — Deputy Chief Larry Snelling said it could have been worse.

A 7-year-old boy is in stable condition at Comer Children’s Hospital after he was shot in a car break-in that police say turned violent.

The Far South Side shooting occurred around 11:21 a.m. at the 10800 block of South State Street in the Roseland neighborhood, police said.

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A 7-year-old boy was among five people in a vehicle going to services at Universal Community MB Church, police said. When they arrived, a relative saw a man walking through his parked car.

That relative then confronted the suspect, police said. The man then shot the family with a gun and hit the 7-year-old in the leg.

“It was like – I thought we were in Ukraine. It was like a big boom,” said James Rhone, a neighbor.

The shooter then fled the scene, police said. Police officers who were nearby chased the man down and took him into custody. Family members later positively identified the suspect as the man who shot the child.

“I would like to commend our 5th Precinct officials for their quick response. They were in the area to conduct follow-up shots and violence reduction missions, and they were able to respond immediately. They followed and were able to take this suspect into custody,” Snelling said.

The boy was taken first to Roseland Hospital and then to Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.

CPD encouraged anyone who witnesses another person breaking into or stealing their vehicle to call the police rather than confront them.

On Friday night, 3-year-old Mateo Zastro was killed in a shooting sparked by traffic rage on the Southwest Side, police say, while he was in the backseat of his mother’s vehicle at West Lawn.

At least six minors have been shot dead in the past week, according to ABC7 data.

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