Facebook Live Video Captures Toddler's Death
Lavontay White Jr., a 2-year-old, was in a car with his pregnant aunt and her boyfriend when the woman turned on Facebook Live.
The 20-year-old aunt was briefly seen moving to music before gunshots can be heard and she runs out of the car screaming for help.
The 2-year-old and the 25-year-old man were shot dead on Tuesday around 1:30 pm CST while the three were driving through Chicago's west side. A majority of the city's gun violence occurs in its south and west side.
The pregnant woman ran from the car to a nearby house. She was shot in the stomach.
The footage of the Facebook Live feed is below and incredibly disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
The woman can be heard saying,
Call 911! They killed him ... I have a bullet in my stomach. Please, please, I can't breathe ... Oh my God, please don't, Lord, I can't go. I can't go.
Her boyfriend and her nephew were both shot in the head.
The man was pronounced shortly after the shooting, while emergency medical personnel were able to revive Lavontay for a brief moment because pronouncing him dead at the hospital.
Ja'mal Green, a community organizer, said,
Just 2 years old, caught in the crossfire. I'm a father and my first born is almost 2 years old. We have to start preventing these guys from becoming killers and murders. That starts with the economics. Our criminal justice system has to lay the book on those who do the killing. All we can do now is comfort the family and help them with the funeral expenses and hope that they can get through this.
It is believed the woman's boyfriend was a gang member and this was a targeted shooting. No one is currently in custody, but police are following strong leads and have surveillance video from nearby businesses.