Police in Chicago announced early Thursday that a 7-year-old boy had died after being struck by a stray bullet that had passed through his home’s window.
The shooting started around 8:22 p.m. Wednesday, when the child was inside a bathroom at the Humboldt Park property, according to detectives.
“The 7-year-old boy did not survive his injuries from this tragic incident,” Chicago Police spokesperson Tom Ahern tweeted. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his loved ones.”
Ahern said multiple shots were fired during the incident, and the child was struck once in the stomach.
Detectives are currently studying private surveillance video in the aim of identifying and apprehending the shooter or shooters.
The gunfire looked to have come from an alley behind the house, according to Detective Chief Ron Pontecore, and many shell casings were found.
“It’s tragic. Any person that’s shot in the city is tragic. When it’s a young child like this, an innocent child, allegedly under the safety of their own home, it’s direly tragic and something that we take seriously,” Pontecore also told reporters. “We’re going to deploy a lot of resources to the area to try and get to the bottom of this and find out who is responsible for this.”