This is so sad. A Chicago family is in mourning, as one of a set of five-year-old twins suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen at the hands of his brother.
Five-year-old Jonathan and his twin brother had just been given their baths and were playing in their room, about to settle down for the night before their first day in kindergarten.
Then a shot rang out.
Jonathan’s brother ran from the room in his pajamas, followed by Jonathan who was crawling and bleeding from his stomach, relatives say.
Jonathan was rushed by ambulance from his two-flat in the 700 block of South California to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:07 p.m. Monday from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He would have turned 6 next month.
Relatives said the boys, who were nearly identical and inseparable, had been playing when they found the gun. They believe Jonathan was shot by his brother.
“They were in the house playing cops and robbers and found the little gun,” said an aunt of the twins, Tameka Patterson. “It’s really sad, that’s my love, that’s my heart. They’re babies, they didn’t know any better. He’s in heaven right now.”
She called the boy’s death “a straight accident.”
At the home this morning, Jonathan’s great-uncle Bruce Prince said relatives were in other parts of the home — a great-grandmother who is bedridden was in her room, their grandmother was in the kitchen and their mother was on the porch.
Then everyone heard a single gunshot.
The other twin “ran out of the room and Jonathan crawled out,” Prince said.
Prince described the brothers as inseparable, playing mostly with each other even when other children were around.
Jonathan was the older by two minutes and 39 seconds, but he carried himself like the much older sibling. He learned to tie his shoes first and helped his brother learn to tie his.
Today was to be the boys’ first day of kindergarten at King Elementary School, a few blocks away, Prince said.
It was not known who owned the gun or where it had been kept in the apartment. The shooting was under investigation by Harrison Area detectives.
Jonathan’s brother has been put in the care of relatives while the Department of Children and Family Services looks into the case, agency spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said. The agency had no prior contact with the family, he said.
What a terrible tragedy. That poor surviving boy will probably feel the loss of his brother for the rest of his life. So sad.