By Peter Nickeas and Liam Ford
8:05 AM CST, November 8, 2013
Police are questioning a person of interest in the shooting of a 6-year-old boy, who was hit in the chest on his way to a tutoring class with his two brothers in the Gage Park neighborhood.
Detectives were seeking a second person in the shooting, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 5600 block of South Mozart Street.
The boy was with his brothers, ages 7 and 19, when there were shouts, then flying bottles and finally shots, according to the family.
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.
"Right now, he is stable," the boy's mother said through an interpreter after he was shot. "But the bullet did go through. It went into the chest and went out the back. They gave him morphine to try to control him."
As the mother's eyes filled with tears, the interpreter added, "She can't imagine what her son is going through."
The family told WGN-TV that the boy and his 7-year-old brother were being dropped off at tutoring session at a family friend's when the shooting took place.
The teen got into an argument with two people on the street who started throwing bottles at the car, according to Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. The 19-year-old started to drive off as the back window shattered, according to the family.
He stopped at 56th Street and Sacramento Avenue, five blocks away, and called police, they said.
Just an hour later, about four miles away, two men were killed, two were wounded and a fifth man was injured by glass in the 7300 block of South Laflin Street in the Englewood neighborhood, O'Brien said.
Demarco Powell, 28, of the 7300 block of South Laflin Street, was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m. on the scene; Steven Marshall, 28, of the 1400 block of West 74th Street, was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner's office.
A 27-year-old man shot in the shoulder was taken to Stroger Hospital and a 27-year-old man shot in the buttocks was taken to Christ, police said.
A fifth man, 23, was hurt by broken glass and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition, police said.
Four of the victims were sitting in a Chevrolet SUV and a fifth was standing outside, talking to those in the car, when two gunmen ran toward them from a 74th Street and opened fire, police said. The gunmen fled on foot and no one was in custody, police said.
None of those shot were known to have gang affiliations, police said.
Earlier, a 21-year-old man was shot and killed in the Gresham neighborhood, police said. Phillip Curtis was on his way to his grandmother's home around 4:30 p.m. when two gunmen stepped from a gangway in the 8700 block of South Loomis Avenue and opened fire, police said.
Curtis, of the 8600 block of South Marshfield Avenue, was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner's office.
About the same time the 6-year-old was shot, a 23-year-old man was wounded in the buttocks in the 600 block of North Avers Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was stabilized.
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