The child was wounded in the right temple when he was in a vehicle traveling north on Lake Shore Drive around 11 a.m., the Chicago Police Department said. Authorities said shots were fired over two blocks before one of the vehicles crashed.
“There was a dispute possibly over somebody not letting somebody over into a lane of traffic,” police Cmdr. Jake Alderde told reporters.
A female passenger got out of the car with the child and they were taken to a hospital by an “unknown citizen,” police said. The child was listed in grave condition. Authorities initially gave various ages for the child before confirming he is 21-months-old.
Investigators recovered multiple gun casings and a handgun from someone in the vehicle where the child was shot, Alderde said. Investigators are looking into whether that weapon was fired during the shooting.
The second vehicle involved in the shooting fled the scene, police said.
One person was being questioned in connection with the incident.
On Monday night, seven people were shot during a fight that escalated in the city’s South Side. Gunfire broke out around 11:10 p.m. as shots were exchanged.
A 39-year-old woman sustained wounds to her abdomen and left arm. A 28-year-old man was shot in the torso and a 44-year-old man was shot in his right arm, police said.
The other victims include two men, ages 34 and 21, with gunshot wounds to their right foot and an 18-year-old man with wounds to his left arm and left foot. A 31-year-old man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg and was in good condition.
No arrests have been made in either shooting.
The incidents came after a bloody weekend in which 34 people were shot citywide and eight people were killed. In addition to a spike in gun violence, city leaders are also grappling with the recent police killing of a 13-year-old boy during a foot chase.
Adam Toledo was shot March 29 by a police officer responding to a call about shots fired. Authorities say they recoverd a firearm on the boy. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has pledged to hold whoever is responsible for giving Toledo a gun.