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Mychal Moultry Jr: 4-year-old Chicago boy shot twice in head at his father’s home

The child was one of the 54 victims, including seven children, who were shot in Labor Day weekend violence across Chicago
Mychal Moultry Jr was shot while he was sleeping (Twitter/ @realmikeaaron)
Mychal Moultry Jr was shot while he was sleeping (Twitter/ @realmikeaaron)

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: A four-year-old boy was fatally shot twice in the head as he slept at his father's home in Chicago on the 6500 Block of South Ellis around 9 in the night on Friday, September 3. Mychal Moultry Jr was rushed to Comer Children's Hospital in serious condition after he was hit by gunfire that came through the window of the house. But he was pronounced dead on Sunday, September 5, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman said.

The motive of the shooting is not clear yet. It’s also not known if Mychal or his father were the intended targets of the shooting. But community activists, a non-profit, and a church have raised $9,000 in reward money for any assistance that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the culprit. The child was one of the 54 victims, including seven children, who were shot in Labor Day weekend violence across Chicago.


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A Twitter user named Mike Payne shared about Mychal’s death. He wrote, “#MychalMoultry. another #childmurdered How long are we going to allow this to happen? There is a long term solution, but in the short term. Justice has to be swift and without mercy for #babykillers #Chicagoviolence.”


About the tragic shootings of other children, who were injured over the holiday weekend, an activist with anti-crime group All Kids Matter, said, “We’re sick and tired everyday. We’re staking this hospital out night after night. All these children get shot throughout Chicago.” Two of those seven kids include a 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, who were siblings and were hit while attending a back-to-school picnic near an East Garfield Park gas station on Saturday, September 4. 

Event vendor Lamar Peterson, whose daughter and stepson were also injured in the shooting, stated: “Some red SUV pulled up and just started unloading fully automatic weapons into this crowd of people.” He added, “It’s important to understand there was so many young babies out there when this tragedy took place. This was completely uncalled for, completely not understood. My kids were shot, so I’m quite angry right now.”

Another victim of the shooting rampage included a 13-year-old boy, who was left in critical condition after being shot in the basement of a South Chicago home just before eight in the night on Saturday. The teen was also hit in the head and taken to Comer Children's Hospital for treatment. While expressing his frustration over the violence another community activist, Andrew Holmes, said, “If you know you got some children, some teenage, some grown adults, and they’re doing wrong on the streets then it's up to you to...step to them and put them in line.”

Several people have expressed their anger on Twitter also. A user said, “46 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday !! Two people killed and a 13 yrs boy shot in the head while sitting in his basement !! We shouldn’t wait for another mass shooting to talk about Gun control again!!! Time is now!!! #DemVoice1.” The second one wrote, “People needs to stop shooting these babies in Chicago. Lori Lightfoot needs to resign and Chicago needs some actual leadership.” “The killing of black children continues on, the leaders do NOTHING.  WAKE UP VOTERS, when will u say enough! Vote them all OUT!” the third user added.