Chicago — A Gold Coast man suddenly found a crash near Monroe Drive on his way home after traveling north on a bustling Lake Shore Drive on Tuesday and receiving a COVID-19 vaccination in South Lake Shore Greens.
As he approached, he saw a woman crawling out of a crashed car, hugging a little boy, he told Tribune in a telephone interview Wednesday.
“My baby was shot! My baby was shot!” She grabbed a toddler that didn’t move with one arm and desperately waved her free arm while trying to flag someone. Shouted.
The man, who turned the driver’s side window down because Tesla was so warm, said there was a goker rushing past and running away. But the man who demanded that he not be identified said his adrenaline had begun.
“I didn’t get out of the car. It wasn’t much conversation. I remember she complaining,” Help! “,” Said the man.
“Just jump in. I’ll help you go to the hospital,” he told the woman, and the police later said she was the boy’s grandmother.
With a man with him and three in the backseat, his only focus was to find the fastest route to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a few blocks away.
Police said Tuesday that a 21-month-old boy identified as Cayden Swan was shot in the head during a road rage incident that began further south on Lake Shore Drive. Police said the shooting took place near Roosevelt Road and the car the boy was in crashed near Monroe.
The “non-living” baby, wrapped in blankets and towels, was not crying or moving, only seeing his torso and legs, the man said.
When he pulled into the tunnel area of the northwestern emergency room, they jumped out and staff rushed to help get them into the hospital.
The man later thanked him, but that was the last time he saw them together.
Cayden remained in a very dangerous condition at the Children’s ICU at Lully Children’s Hospital, which was taken Wednesday from Northwestern University on Tuesday. He was in a coma to protect his brain and was wearing a ventilator, Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, quasi-chief medical officer and director of medical care at Lurie’s Pediatric ICU, said at a press conference Wednesday.
He has a severe brain injury. His condition hadn’t deteriorated from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon, but Malakuti said he remained “incredibly ill.”
“I think the fact that he’s not getting worse gives us cautious hope,” he said.
The man driving Tesla told Tribune that he didn’t want to leave the hospital after taking the boy to the hospital.
“The level of excitement was pretty high and my adrenaline was running,” he said.
About two minutes later, two Chicago police officers who knew of the shooting and the crash arrived at the hospital.
He told them what had happened and they were able to collect evidence, including blood, from his backseat. The guy also shared a video from a dash camera installed on his Tesla.
“I’m glad I arrived in time. I didn’t know the baby was shot in the head. The truth is, as fast as this happened, I don’t even know what they looked like.” He said about his passengers.
A tech expert in his 40s said he couldn’t live with him without stopping.
“That is, they needed help,” he said. “In the end, I couldn’t get it in my conscience …. You might find it inconvenient, but was it the cause of someone’s death?”
Police said the shooters and victims did not appear to know each other, but the controversy was believed to have occurred over someone not allowing other drivers to enter their lanes.
According to police reports citing preliminary information, Cayden was in the white Lincoln, a child seat in the backseat of the car. His grandmother was in the passenger seat and her boyfriend was driving.
Witnesses told police that the SUV and Lincoln had begun to drive irregularly and that quarrels had begun somewhere between 35th and 31st Avenues on Lakeshore Drive.
Around Roosevelt Road, someone in the SUV began firing at Lincoln, hitting it several times and hitting the boy, the report said. Another witness said her grandmother’s boyfriend had returned the fire. My grandmother’s boyfriend was reportedly arrested at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital for having a 9mm Versa pistol.
Police did not announce the man’s charges on Wednesday and said no one else was in custody.