Chicago police are trying to piece together the events that led to the shooting death of an 8-year-old boy Monday night inside an apartment building in the city’s Douglas neighborhood, officials say.
The shooting was reported around 5:48 p.m. at the Lawless Gardens apartment complex in the 3600 block of South Rhodes Avenue, police said.
Officials say the victim was inside a residence with other people when the shooting occurred. He was shot in the head and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Community activist and crisis responder Andrew Holmes, who met the victim’s family after the shooting, said the incident was an accident. However, the police did not confirm any details.
No one was in custody and detectives are continuing to investigate, authorities said.
On Tuesday, the Cook County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 8-year-old Jaiden Hines.
The incident comes just a day after Chicago suffered a violent weekend that left 43 gunshot wounds, 10 of whom were killed.
According to information from the Chicago Sun-Times, nearly 300 children were shot in Chicago in 2022. Of those, authorities say more than 40 were killed.