CHICAGO (AP) — Video released by Chicago police after a 5-year-old boy was shot in the head while playing on an iPad at home shows that an SUV drove past the apartment building several times before someone inside the vehicle opened fire.
Detectives hope the video and photographs released Tuesday can help them identify the SUV involved in Monday night’s drive-by shooting that left the boy hospitalized in critical condition.
The boy was shot as he sat on a couch playing on an iPad in the living room of an apartment in a multi-unit building in the Roseland neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, police said.
The department did not disclose the source of the video footage, which shows a silver SUV drive by the yellow brick building several times and slow nearly to a stop one time before turning down the block and coming around again.
On the next pass, a person in dark clothes is seen leaning out the passenger window, stretching across the SUV’s roof and firing several shots at the building in two bursts.
Police Cmdr. Glenn White said an estimated nine rounds were fired toward the building, and one crashed through a plate-glass window and struck the boy in the head, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Police said the boy’s sister heard the shots and called 911 after discovering that he had been shot. The boy had surgery at Comer Children’s Hospital to relieve pressure on his brain, police said.
White said it was unclear who was the target of the attack.
“At the time of the shooting, there was no one on the outside of the residence as the car was passing from the east to the west,” he said.