A $35,000 reward has been offered after a 1-year-old Chicago boy was shot in the head.
The boy, identified by The Chicago Tribune as Dejon Irving, remains in critical condition after the shooting on Thursday.
The Chicago community has come together to offer a reward of $35,000 leading to the arrest of Dejon’s shooter, as reported by ABC.
Senior Pastor Rev. Michael L. Pfleger at The Faith Community of Saint Sabina shared a post Friday offering a $13,500 reward from community members.
“SPEAK UP FOR ME!” reads the post with details on the Feb. 7 shooting.
Dejon was in the back seat of a parked car on Thursday evening when a car, described by cops as a sedan, pulled up next to them. The boy’s older brother and another boy who were also in the back seat were uninjured.
Dejon’s mother, who was in the passenger seat of the car, was believed to be the target of the shooting, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, as reported by the Tribune.
Guglielmi said the boy’s grandmother was dropping someone off at home when another vehicle pulled up next to the car and fired “as many as eight shots,” the Tribune reported.
When Dejon’s grandmother checked the inside of the vehicle, she found Dejon shot in the head and drove to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. The 1-year-old was then transferred to Children’s Hospital.
According to the Tribune, police said he was said to be in “very critical” condition.
“He’s on life support and it doesn’t look good,” said Dejon’s grandfather, Melvin Freeman, as reported by the Tribune. “He was just a baby.”
Freeman made a plea as his grandson lay injured in the hospital. “Could we please put these guns down and let these babies live? Let these babies live,” Freeman begged.