CHICAGO – A toddler was killed on Chicago‘s gang-plagued West Side Tuesday after he was shot in the head, police said.

The 2-year-old boy was killed along with a 26-year-old man, who was the target of the shooting, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department told ABC News. The man was also shot in the head.

The two were pronounced dead at area hospitals.

Toddler identified

The child was identified as Lavontay White by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The identity of the adult is pending notification of his closest relatives.

There was 20-year-old woman that was also struck by gunfire. She was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the stomach. She is listed in fair condition. Her identity was undisclosed.

All three victims were shot in a moving car in an alley, said police, who confirmed to ABC News that the shooting was gang-related.


Detectives have “very optimistic leads” in the case, police said. They are currently analyzing surveillance video from the area.

Investigators are also reviewing a nearly 30-minute Facebook live video that has surfaced. They are hopeful that it captured some of the incident, although police have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video.

Chicago woes

The tragedy comes on the heels of two girls, ages 11 and 12, being shot in unrelated crimes. The shootings occurred 25 minutes apart in Chicago over the weekend.

Each girl was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition after they were shot Saturday night.

On Monday, Patsy Holmes, the grandmother of Takiya Holmes, told ABC News that the 11-year-old was still “fighting for her life.”

The condition of the 12-year-old victim is unknown.

The violence in Chicago continues to attract national attention. Last year ended with a record number of shootings and the most homicides in two decades, according to police.

In 2016 there were 3,550 shooting incidents and 762 murders. The staggering numbers average more than two murders and nearly 10 shootings every day.

On the first day of January alone, 28 people were shot in Chicago, according to data from the Chicago Police Department.