In what’s tragically become a now-familiar report, another young child has been critically injured in Chicago gun violence.
The latest victim is 6-year-old Brian Fernandez, who was shot three times while sitting in a car with his 7-year-old brother, Roger, Wednesday evening in Gage Park.
The Tribune reports the Brian was shot while sitting in the backseat of the car driven by his 19-year-old brother shortly after the two small boys got out of their tutoring class at a family friend’s house in the 5600 block of South Mozart Street.
UPDATE: 11/8/13 — Police are now questioning a person of interest in Brian’s shooting, according to the Sun-Times. As of Friday morning, no arrests have been made and no additional details were available.
Brian was shot in the shoulder and chest and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Wednesday night, the boy’s mother said through an interpreter her son was stable.
“But the bullet did go through,” the mother told the Tribune. “It went into the chest and went out the back. They gave him morphine to try to control him.”
Police say two men who threw bottles at the eldest brother’s car said something “he didn’t hear,” according to ABC Chicago. Other reports indicate the brother was arguing with the men but felt uneasy and drove away with his brothers.
After the brother drove off, police say he heard shots; at least one shattered the car’s back window, the Sun-Times reports. Soon after, the man realized his brothers had been shot.
Witnesses saw the two men running from the scene but no description was given and no arrests have been made.
Several other people were wounded citywide Wednesday night, three of them fatally. According to DNAinfo Chicago, Demarco Powell, 28, and Steven Marshall, 28, were shot and killed in West Englewood around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 7300 block of South Laflin Street.
Phillip Curtis, 21, was shot and killed several hours earlier in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood after police say he was shot in his neck, stomach and arm in the 8700 block of South Loomis Avenue. No arrests have been made.