(Tribune) The Hermosa neighborhood fell silent early Sunday, in the hours after a shooting during a fight killed a two-year-old boy.
Identified as Julien Gonzalez by the Cook County Medical Examiner, the young boy lived in the Southwest Side’s Clearing neighborhood, in the 5500 block of West 63rd Place.
He was on the sidewalk with an 18-year-old man just after 10:15 p.m. Saturday near the mouth of an alley off the 2200 block of North Kilbourn Avenue, police said.
A fight had spilled out into the alley between Kilbourn and Kenneth Avenue from a party inside a house on Kilbourn, said Sgt. Al Stinites, a police spokesman. North of the alley, yellow police tape closed Belden Avenue between the two streets.
Someone north of the fight had shot at the crowd, hitting the 18-year-old in his left leg and the two-year-old in the neck, Stinites said. Two females were fighting in the alley when the shots were fired, polices said.
The 18-year-old was taken to Illinois Masonic, where he was treated and released. The child was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died about 20 minutes before midnight. Neither live in the neighborhood, a source said.
The man wounded did not have documented gang affiliation, but some people at the house party were Maniac Latin Disciples, according to a police source. In the alley, members of the YLO, or Young Latino Organization, Disciples, reportedly got involved, and one of them started shooting a 9mm pistol that had a laser sight, the source said.
Police found 10 shell casings. No one lingered outside at the scene. A small group gathered outside Stroger, standing outside the Emergency Room and sitting on the sidewalk with their backs against the building’s wall.
Area North detectives were investigating, but police had no one in custody.
Police initially said the boy was three years old. He was two.
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