Reward Offered For Info About 3-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot in Austin

Nancy Harty
June 21, 2020 - 12:12 pm

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The fatal shooting of a toddler last night on Chicago’s West Side has sparked outrage and disbelief.

    Chicago police said the child was hit in the back as he sat in his father’s car at around 6:30 p.m. in the Austin neighborhood. 

    Chief Fred Waller said they believe someone in a blue Honda pulled up behind the black SUV and began firing as the boy’s 27-year-old father drove near Ohio Street and Central Avenue. 

    The Cook County medical examiner named the boy as 3-year-old Mekay James of Skokie.

    Rabbi Michael Ben-Yosef with Tikkun Chai Inter-National plans to leaflet at 5pm near the shooting, which he calls a “ridiculous crime.”

    “Today is father’s day and there’s a father who does not have his child.  And we want to show him and the family that there’s people out here concerned,” Ben-Yosef said. 

    There’s a $2,000-reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

    Activist Andrew Holmes said people can call 1-800-U-TELL-US to share what they know.

    He questioned how the shooter can sleep, knowing they killed a baby.

    Holmes said he wants people who’ve been protesting over police brutality to share his outrage over this shooting.

    “We gotta take care of home. I’m 100 percent with all of the protests and what’s going on.  But when you look at it – we’re losing our babies.  And why?  At the hands of another.  We gotta stop black on black crime,” Holmes said.