Five-year-old boy dies after being shot in his car seat during a drive-by shooting in Chicago

  • Devin McGregor, 5, died after being shot in the head in Chicago’s North Side
  • The kindergartener’s mom was buckling him into his car seat when the drive-by shooting happened
  • Devin’s father was also shot in the hand and shoulder during the attack

 A 5-year-old boy has died five days after being seriously injured in a drive-by shooting on Chicago’s North Side.

Devin McGregor was pronounced dead Thursday night at Lurie Children’s Hospital, police said. 

Devin’s mother was buckling him into a car seat in the Rogers Park neighborhood Sunday evening when a car pulled alongside and someone in the car opened fire. 

The drive-by shooting came just three days after the five-year-old started kindergarten.  Police have not provided a motive in the shooting and no one has been arrested

Devin was struck in the head and his father was shot in a hand and shoulder.

Police have not provided a motive in the shooting and no one has been arrested.

Devin’s death comes just three days after he started kindergarten.  

 ‘He was so excited, that’s all he talked about,’ Tervalon Sargent, Devin’s grandfather, told the Chicago Tribune. ‘Everyday he was like, ‘man, grandpa, school is the best.’ ‘

Devin’s grandmother posted a tribute on Facebook

In a GoFundMe page, Devin’s grandmother said the five-year-old was an ‘energetic, sweet child’ who ‘spread love everywhere’ he went. She later announced the news of his death on the page

Tamika Bianca Sargent (left) cuddles her grandson, Devin (right)

Devin was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting

Google maps view of the 7600 block of North Paulina Street in Chicago where Devin McGregor was shot

A pray vigil was held for Devin after he was critically wounded in the Rogers Park shooting. He died days later

The shooting that led to Devin’s death was the latest in a stream of violence that has plagued Chicago this summer. 

Four teenagers were wounded in an Aug. 24 drive-by shooting outside an ice cream shop near Carl Schurz High School on the city’s Northwest Side.

CBS News named Chicago, which has a murder rate 18.26 per 100,000 citizens, the 28th deadliest city in America earlier this year.

Violent crimes are still up across the board in Chicago

The Chicago Police Department reported 425 homicides as of Aug. 22, down from 519 for the same period last year, and 1,828 shooting incidents, compared to 2,239 during the same period in 2021.

Overall crime in Chicago has surged since last year by 35 percent despite shooting incidents lowering by 16 percent.

Robberies are up by 20 percent in Chicago from 2021. Violent crimes are still up across the board, especially since before the start of the pandemic – less than a year after Lightfoot was sworn into office in May 2019. 

Robberies are up by 20 percent in the Windy City

Violent assaults are also up, with 2,553 cases of aggravated battery having been reported already this year. During June 2021, the city had recorded 2,516 cases.

Sexual assaults and rapes are down this year, with the city recording nine fewer incidents this year than this time in 2021.

Small crimes such as theft have also surged since last year, by a whopping 65 percent, from 4,712 incidents to 7,770.

Gun violence, meanwhile – arguably the city’s most pressing and prevailing issue – trickled down slightly, from 1,381 shootings last year to 1,148 so far in 2022.

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