Facebook Live captures Chicago shooting that killed toddler
- Author: Archie Newman Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 1:00
Police stopped a silver SUV for a traffic violation in the 4200-block of West Cullerton Street in the city's Lawndale neighborhood just after 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. The woman, 20, was in the passenger seat.
Takiya Holmes, 11, was sitting in her family's minivan when she was shot in the head. The couple can be seen bopping to music, before the sound of gunfire rattles through the frame.
The chilling footage purported to show the three victims in a auto when another vehicle pulled up and a gunman got out and opened fire, according to officials.
The woman was live streaming on Facebook when bullets rang out in the background.
"I think they killed my boyfriend", the victim screamed. "I got a bullet in my stomach". "Please, please, I can't breathe", she continues. I can't go to the hospital.
Police say White and his uncle were shot in the head while riding in a auto with his uncle's girlfriend. The man was pronounced dead shortly after.
A man who was struck in the shooting was declared dead at the scene and the toddler was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Just minutes earlier, the woman, who is reportedly four months pregnant, was seen chewing gum, smiling and singing into her cellphone as she sat in the passenger seat of vehicle driven by her 26-year-old boyfriend and a 2-year-old boy, Levontay White Jr., in the backseat. Both girls were rushed to hospitals in critical condition after they were shot Saturday night. Two people forced their way inside, and then shot through the door of a 19-year-old man's room before taking off, police said. Investigators believe it was her boyfriend in the auto who was the target, according to police.
"This has got to stop somewhere". Two months before that he was charged with aggravated assault of a teacher.
Lavontay is the city's youngest victim of gun violence since 2013, according to the Tribune.
The woman cried out in pain and ran from the vehicle, her cellphone camera jerking as she ran along a fence line and a total of 15 gunshots continued behind her.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will push for state funding to put more state troopers on Chicago-expressways in an effort to combat gun violence.
Chicago Police Superintendant Eddie Johnson said nobody was in custody but the department has several leads. "Our children shouldn't have to keep paying the price for our inability to hold repeat gun offenders responsible for their actions", Johnson said.
Community organizer Ja'mal Green agrees. "I'm a father and my first born is nearly 2 years old".
"The issue is still creating a culture of accountability for people that fire weapons, and we're just not doing that", the superintendent said. But, he said, the criminal justice system needs to come down hard on those who shoot and kill. The family set up a GoFundMe page to pay for Lavontay's funeral.
While violence is down dramatically across the country, and even in Chicago compared to the bad old days decades earlier, the violence isn't so random.