Family gather outside St. Bernard Hospital / Photo by Jessica Koscielniak
BY JORDAN OWEN AND BECKY SCHLIKERMAN
Brett Ewing was killed and a 4-year-old boy was hurt in a Tuesday afternoon shooting in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.
Brett Ewing, 26, and the boy were in gray Dodge Avenger in the 200 block of West 72nd Street when a person exited a nearby vehicle and opened fire about 3 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
According to a police source, the shooter was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and light blue jeans, and fired into the Dodge’s rear passenger-side window, causing it to shatter.
Ewing suffered four gunshot wounds — one in the back, two to the left side and one to the right side — while the boy suffered a single gunshot wound to his wrist, authorities said.
A woman drove them to St. Bernard Hospital and Heath Care Center, a hospital spokesman said.
Ewing, of the 6800 block of South Perry Avenue, was transferred to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he died at 6:37 p.m., authorities said.
The boy suffered a “minor” wound to the wrist and was sent to University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in “stable” condition, police and hospital officials said.
According to a police source, the 26-year-old was the shooter’s intended target. He has been arrested 24 times, with six resulting in convictions, including two for possessing an illegal firearm, the source said.
Outside the hospital, police placed yellow crime scene tape around a gray Dodge Avenger and an evidence technician examined the vehicle, though it wasn’t clear whether the vehicle was tied to the shooting.