10 Killed, 41 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
Sun-Times Media Wire ^ | 7/17/2017 | Staff
Posted on 7/17/2017, 9:40:58 AM by simpson96
CHICAGO (CBS) — A mother’s eyes are swollen shut from crying after the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, a community activist said.
Gustavo Garcia was in an SUV with a 31-year-old man at 11:13 p.m. Friday, traveling west in the 3500 block of East 97th Street, when a gray car pulled up next to them and someone inside opened fire, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
The boy was shot in the back and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died, authorities said. He lived in the South Chicago neighborhood. Members of his family have declined to comment.
However, community activist Andrew Holmes said the boy was approaching his 10th birthday next month. Though he didn’t know Gustavo, he said he’s learned through the family that Gustavo loved playing video games, loved his classmates and looked forward to going back to Arnold Mireles Academy.
“He wasn’t an outside kid,” Holmes said. “He was homebound.”
Holmes is pleading with anyone with surveillance footage that might have captured the shooting to come forward. He said Gustavo’s mother “has no idea or knowledge” of what led to the incident. He said her eyes are nearly swollen shut from crying.
“She’s in shock,” Holmes said. “Total shock.”
The man inside the car with Gustavo was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being shot in the back, face and chest, according to police.
Police have said no suspects are in custody.
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