Three Children, Including 1 Year Old, Killed In Chicago As Violence Spikes In City

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 26: Crime scene tape is attached to light pole near where 6 people were shot while holding a memorial vigil for a shooting victim Wednesday evening in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side on January 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The six were among 14 who were shot and wounded in the city on Wednesday. President Donald Trump has threatened to "send in the Feds!" if Mayor Rahm Emanuel cannot get the city's violence under control. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A 1-year-old boy and his mother were among the dozens shot and at least 7 killed in Chicago on Saturday as the city suffers from another weekend of violence — the latest in a string of deadly weekends.

The pair, CBS News Chicago reports, were shot while driving home from a local laundromat in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. The boy’s mother was grazed by a bullet, but the child was shot in the chest and died at a local hospital.

Three other children were among the 46 people shot so far this weekend, according to the Chicago-Sun Times. In addition to the 1-year-old, a 10-year-old girl was killed Friday night when a bullet entered her home on Chicago’s northwest side, a 17-year-old teen was killed after an altercation on the city’s west side, and an 8-year-old girl was “grazed by a bullet” in her home in Englewood.

The 1-year-old boy is the youngest victim of Chicago’s early summer violence, but at least two other toddlers, both around 3 years old, were shot in the last week. One of the 3-year-olds was killed. Police have offered a substantial reward for information leading to that boy’s killer, but so far the Chicago Police Department has not received any credible tips, they say.

A 9-year-old and a 5-year-old are also among the week’s shooting victims.

Chicago’s Police Chief of Operations Fred Waller announced the young boy’s death at a press conference on Saturday.

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