Police Seeking Gunman After Two Young Boys Shot, Chicago sun times, June 21


CHICAGO, Ill. (STNG)  -- Chicago Police have released an updated description of the driver of a vehicle who fired gunshots in the South Side Marquette Park neighborhood, striking a 5-year-old boy and his 8-year-old brother on Wednesday afternoon.


The boys were playing on the front porch of their home at 5934 S. Sawyer Ave. when shots rang out about 2:45 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer David Banks. It is believed they were not the intended targets because there were multiple people in the vicinity when the gunman opened fire, he said.

“It appears he intended to hit (at least) two other individuals,” he said. “It was just the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The 5-year-old boy was shot in the left knee and the 8-year-old was struck in the left thigh, according to Banks. The boys, Juan Escalera Jr. and Edgar Escalera, were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Advanced Life Support Ambulances, according to Fire Media Affairs Assistant Director Eve Rodriguez. They were transferred to University of Chicago Hospitals, where they were in fair condition, a hospital spokesman said.

A police alert on Thursday described the shooter as a male Hispanic, late teens to early 20s, 5-foot-11 to 6 feet and 200 to 210 pounds with a sloppy build, medium olive complexion, mustache and medium beard. He was wearing a black baseball cap with an unknown logo, black over-sized T-shirt with a shiny unknown logo, and dark baggy blue jean shorts.   

The suspect fled eastbound on 60th Street in a maroon, four-door 1991-94 Oldsmobile Delta 88 or Regency with a half or full maroon vinyl top and gold-trim wheels or hubcaps, according to the alert.   

A Chicago Lawn District commander said police believe a gang member fired shots toward another gang member down the block, but the bullets struck the boys instead. A witness to the crime told the Sun-Times the shooting was part of an ongoing fight between the Latin Kings and Satan Disciples, two area gangs.


No suspects were in custody as of late Thursday afternoon. Anyone with information should contact the Wentworth Area Detective Division at (312) 747-8435.