CHICAGO – Family members of 21-month-old Kayden, who was shot in an apparent weather rage on Lake Shore Drive on Tuesday, say the boy’s condition is improving.
The update comes after the boy was reportedly in “serious condition” after the shooting.
The 21-month-old’s grandmother and great-grandfather stepped out of Lurie Children’s Hospital on Tuesday night to give WGN News an update.
“The bullet went in and out,” said Clifton Marvel, Kayden’s great-grandfather. “He has been in surgery. “It looks like he’s going to be okay.”
Police say Kayden was shot in the right temple while driving in a car on Lake Shore Drive around 6 p.m. 1
Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, assistant chief medical officer at Lurie Children’s Hospital, told reporters that Kayden was “at a level of critical illness that we are able to cope with.” According to doctors, the next 24-48 hours will be critical.
Chicago Police Chief Jake Alderden said the shooting was an apparent incident. Investigators say the incident to the road rage started near Soldier Field when a car did not allow another car to merge. Police said shots were fired over two blocks.
The car Kayden was in the rear end of another vehicle. The driver, who did not want to be identified, spoke to WGN after the hectic scene.
“She said her baby had been shot,” the driver said.
Police say a Good Samaritan driving a Tesla rushed Kayden and his family to the hospital.
Kayden’s great-grandfather says he will meet with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown to tackle violence in the city.
“Many times people do not get the chance to speak or give their input and I think I have a wealth of information and knowledge that can help this city at this particular time,” he said. “You hear about all the violence, but this has hit the home.”
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