Police questioned a suspect they had been seeking in the shooting of a 9-year-old boy this week in the Park Manor neighborhood, sources said, but he was released overnight without being charged.
Police believe Tykeece Hilliard was shot by an attacker who had been aiming at a friend of his mother as they drove on the South Side.
Police detectives questioned a 16-year-old suspect in the shooting Saturday, sources said.
Tykeece, who was in the car with his mother, his siblings, and the man, shouted "Mommy, I'm shot," and his mother drove him to Comer Children's Hospital, about a mile and a half away. He underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest and police said he is expected to survive.
At the time of the shooting, other children were in the car but they were not hit, police said.
The boy's mother told police she was driving near East 67th Street and South Evans Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when she heard as many as five gunshots.
Police said someone on the street had either spotted the boyfriend in the front seat or recognized the red Aveo and opened fire, hitting the boy. The boyfriend fled the car as the mother drove to the hospital, police said.
After the shooting, Tynisha Hilliard drove as fast as she could to Comer Children's Hospital.
"My reaction was to save my son. That's all I can do, save my son," Tynisha Hilliard said Thursday.
Tynisha Hilliard said that "I have never put any of children in harm's way."
When asked about the shooter, Hilliard said that "I want him in jail, because anyone that can open up, fire when there's six children in the car, is a heartless, cruel person."