A mother and her 1-year-old son who were shot while sitting inside of their van at the park are said to be in stable condition and resting at the local hospital.
via Chicago Tribune
A mother and her 1-year-old son were wounded as they sat in a van packed with women and children near a South Side park, according to police and family.
Leslie Freeman was in the front passenger seat with Demonte Freeman on her lap, enjoying the cool summer evening near Murray Park in West Englewood, when the side door of a red van slid open and two men fired nearly a dozen shots around 6 p.m Sunday, according to relatives.
The bullets missed a 7-year-old child who was outside the van and four younger children who were inside. But they hit Leslie Freeman in the wrist and the boy in the leg.
“She panicked,” said the woman’s uncle, John Edwards. “She just knew that Demonte was shot worse than she was.”
Demonte and a 1-year-old cousin were both stained with blood and relatives believed both had been shot, relatives said. But then they realized that the blood came from Demonte, who had fallen onto his cousin after being shot.
“He didn’t even actually cry when he was shot,” said the boy’s grandmother, Sabrina Freeman, 46. “I don’t know if he was in shock or whatever.”
A family friend drove Demonte and his mother to Holy Cross Hospital, where they were later transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital and reported as stable.
Freeman said her grandson “is doing all right. They decided to leave the bullet in because they don’t want to remove the bullet right now.”
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call,” Sabrina Freeman said. “Who would do something like this?”
She said her daughter “didn’t understand why this happened to her. She’s not this type of person, she’s not in the streets or anything like that. She’s worried about her son, her baby.
The summer streak of violence doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down in Chi-town….