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Two-year-old shot dead in attack streamed live on Facebook

Police said last night that they were still searching for a suspect in the shooting which shocked Chicago.

Chicago Police investigate the shooting.
Chicago Police investigate the shooting.
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A TODDLER AND a man were fatally shot while riding in a car in a Valentine’s Day attack captured in a live video on Facebook.

Police said last night that they were still searching for a suspect in the shooting which shocked Chicago, a city grappling with a surge in violence so severe that it has drawn the condemnation of President Donald Trump.

The two-year-old boy, identified by officials as Lavontay White, was shot in the head on Tuesday and died at a hospital.

The boy was riding in the back seat of a red sedan, with his 20-year-old aunt and a 26-year-old man in the front, when another man began shooting at them, according to authorities.

Officials have not publicly named the pair, who were live-streaming their car ride on Facebook as shots rang out.

The woman can be seen screaming and running out of the car and into an alley, as multiple shots are heard in rapid succession. Images of the vehicle showed multiple bullet holes.

The man, who also died of a gunshot wound to the head, was the intended target of the gang-related shooting, police said.

PastedImage-47714 In this frame from a selfie video posted on Facebook Live, a woman rides in a car with Lazarec Collins, right, in Chicago, just moments before a gunman approached the car and began shooting. Source: AP

The woman, who was reportedly pregnant, was wounded in the stomach and survived.

“This has just got to stop somewhere,” police chief Eddie Johnson told news media on Tuesday.

“Our children shouldn’t have to keep paying the price for our inability to hold repeat gun offenders accountable for their actions,” Johnson said.

“I’m sick of it, and I know Chicago is sick of it.”

Johnson has repeatedly blamed lax sentencing of repeat gun offenders as a major reason why police struggle to stem the Midwestern city’s raging violence, which authorities have attributed largely to gangs.

© – AFP 2017

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