A 7-year-old boy shot carrying his bicycle was among the weekend's shooting victims in Chicago where six people were killed and at least 30 more injured by gunfire between Friday evening and early Monday.
Relatives tell the Tribune Tyvion Jackson, 7, was walking up the steps of his home in the 4200 block of West 5th Avenue to put his bike away around 9 p.m. Sunday. When people gathered in the street started shooting at a nearby car, a stray bullet reportedly struck the boy in the side.
The shooting happened just outside Charles Sumner Math & Science Academy, where, as NBC Chicago notes, school starts up in a week. Residents told NBC the area is "the safest part of the neighborhood for [kids] to play."
Jackson was taken to the hospital in serious-to-critical condition after the shooting, but soon improved and was released Monday morning. Family came from across the city to gather at the hospital, where family friend Angel Little, 33, told the Tribune, "Kids can't be kids no more. It's just a cold world out here."
Meanwhile, six men ranging in age from 19 to 36 were killed in weekend shootings in Chicago.
The most recent fatal shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Sunday night in Washington Heights where the Sun-Times reports two men, ages 27 and 28, were shot. The 27-year-old was shot in the head and died at the scene.
A 20-year-old man was the lone fatality from an incident in which several people shot in the 100 block of South Springfield Street at 4:35 a.m. Sunday.
Around 2:10 a.m. earlier Sunday morning, Berling Robinson, 36, was shot multiple times walking to his car in the 200 block of West 94th Street in Roseland. Robinson was taken to an area hospital and died several hours later.
Saturday, Daquan Boyd, 20, was fatally shot in his chest by two men on bikes in the Austin neighborhood about 11:30 p.m.
The previous evening, Antoine Green, 19, was fatally shot around 11:50 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of South Lawndale Avenue. Police say the shooting may have been "gang- or drug-related."
Green's mother removed her son from life support around 3 a.m. Sunday after doctors said he was brain-dead.
Jose Delafuente, 35, was shot in the Northwest Side Hermosa neighborhood around 11:30 p.m. Friday during what the Sun-Times reports was a party among a group of co-workers in the 1800 block of North Pulaski Road. The shooting suspect left the gathering then returned shortly thereafter and shot three people, including Delafuente, then pistol-whipped a third.
The 32-year-old man is in custody for the shooting and charges are pending against him.
Through Sunday, Chicago has logged 28 homicides, according to the RedEye's Homicide Tracker. Over the same period last year, the city reported 36 homicides. Both homicides and shootings are down in Chicago this year compared to last through the first eight months of the year.