CHICAGO — A gunman opened fire on a man, woman and toddler driving down a West Side alley Tuesday afternoon, killing the 2-year-old boy and the man in a crime that was broadcast live on Facebook.
The pregnant woman survived a gunshot wound to her abdomen. She was recording herself on Facebook Live when the attack happened, police said.
About 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the alley behind the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood, a gunman ambushed the trio, police said.
Lavontay White, 2, was shot in his head. Though the boy was briefly revived, he ultimately died at Stroger Hospital at 2:43 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The boy’s home address was listed as unknown Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old man driving the car, whom police described as a documented gang member, was also shot in his head and died. His name was being withheld Tuesday evening pending family notification.
His 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend — the toddler’s aunt — was shot in her stomach but lived. Her unborn child also survived, police said.
In her Facebook Live video, the woman is holding her phone, recording herself as she drives with her boyfriend in the passenger seat as they sing along to a Chief Keef song. Lavontay can be seen in the back seat. About three minutes into the live video, a series of shots ring out and the woman flees the car and runs to the home of someone she apparently knows. “Please!! No!” she screams.
She can be heard saying she’d been shot in the stomach, a child had been shot and someone else was shot in the car.
The video goes dark after she enters the home, but the audio recording continues for more than 20 minutes. A frenzied scene of confusion and terror can be heard. Police later confirmed the live video was indeed the same shooting.