One person has been charged and another is being questioned in connection with the attack that left a 6-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the chest after he was struck by gunfire in the Gage Park neighborhood this week.
Detectives had both persons of interest in custody in the shooting, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 5600 block of South Mozart Street, a source said.
Cesar Delvalle, 23, of the 600 block of West 49th Street, was charged Friday night with aggravated battery with a firearm, discharging a firearm into an automobile and three counts of attempted murder, according to an email from the Chicago Police Department News Affairs office sent out about 10:15 p.m. Delvalle was ordered held without bail by Judge Israel Desierto Saturday.
The boy was with his brothers, ages 7 and 19, when the shooting took place.
The family told WGN-TV that the boy and his 7-year-old brother were being dropped off at a tutoring session with a family friend when the shooting took place.
The older brother stopped the car by the house to which they were headed, prosecutors said Saturday. Delvalle and another male approached and demanded to know the 19-year-old’s gang affiliation.
A bottle was thrown at the car and Delvalle then shot at the vehicle as Fernandez drove off, according to prosecutors.
The 19-year-old sped off through the South Side neighborhood, then realized the 6-year-old had been shot, the family said. He called 911 and the boy was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
He stopped at 57th Street and Sacramento Avenue, five blocks away, and called police, they said.
Delvalle was arrested Thursday evening at a relative’s house in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, while the second person sought in the shooting was arrested in the West Englewood neighborhood Friday afternoon, a source said.
Witnesses identified Delvalle as the shooter, prosecutors said. Before he was arrested, Delvalle sent intimidating text messages to a witness, prosecutors said.
Court records show Delvalle has no prior adult arrests in Cook County.