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Police: Toddler was not hit by stray bullet on the street, as father claimed, but was wounded as parents struggled over gun

Morgan Greene and William Lee, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police now say a 1-year-old boy was not shot on the street by a stray bullet, as his father claimed, but was wounded as his parents fought over a gun and it went off in their apartment Monday evening.

"A bullet richocheted and hit the boy," said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The boy was struck in the head, but the bullet did not penetrate his skull, Guglielmi said. He was listed in serious but stable condition at Lurie Children's Hospital.

The boy's father and mother were both being questioned by police Tuesday morning. No charges have been filed.

The father had walked into Weiss Memorial Hospital with the boy just before 7:40 p.m., police said. He indicated a gunman had opened fire at him in the 800 block of West Leland Avenue, near the hospital, and hit the child instead. The boy was transferred to Lurie's.

Soon afterward, however, Guglielmi told reported that they were having problems verify the father's story. Officers said found blood in an elevator of the father's apartment building in the 800 block of West Eastwood, Guglielmi said. They also found at least one spent shell casings and blood in the kitchen and living room of the apartment.

 

"Looks like they were struggling over a weapon and it went off," Guglielmi said.

Detectives also have seized surveillance video from the building, but he did not know what it showed.

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