Two young children and their grandmother were shot in Chicago on Tuesday evening, according to police.
A 5-year-old boy was shot in the stomach. The bullet traveled through his abdomen and back and then out of his body, leaving him in serious to critical condition. The other victim, a 3-year-old boy, was shot in the shoulder and is in good condition.
Their 51-year-old grandmother is in critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to her leg. The identities of all three victims have not yet been released. Police do not believe that they were targets of the attack. An arrest, however, has not yet been made.
Neighbors told ABC-7 they heard the gunshots.
“Well, I was in the kitchen and right at the back window, there’s the alley, and all you heard was consistent, like 5 or 6 shots, like back to back,” Quenica Thornton was quoted as saying.
“I’ll give Chicago police credit. This time was the fastest response time I’ve ever seen, and I’ve lived over here two years,” said Rayumos Hope.
Chicago residents may have something else to credit law enforcement for — low murder rates.
According to police, Chicago’s first-quarter murder total this year hit its lowest number since 1958.
The first three months of the year saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013–a 9 percent drop–and 55 fewer murders than 2012, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
There were 90 fewer shootings and 119 fewer shooting victims, drops of 26 and 29 percent respectively, according to police statistics. Compared to the first quarter of 2012, there have been 222 fewer shootings and 292 fewer shooting victims.
Crime is also down 25 percent from last year and more than 1,300 illegal guns were recovered in the last three months.