4-year-old Mychal Moultry Jr. fatally shot in Chicago

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4-year-old Mychal Moultry Jr. fatally shot in Chicago

A 4-year-old boy visiting his father in Chicago was killed by stray gunfire while getting a haircut — one of five people killed and 53 others wounded in shootings across the embattled city over Labor Day weekend.

Mychal Moultry Jr., who was staying at his father’s apartment in Woodlawn, was struck twice in the head by gunfire from outside the residence, WGN-TV reported.

The boy, who was visiting from Alabama, was later pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday, police said in a statement.

“There are currently no witnesses and it is unknown who fired the shots or where they came from,” according to police, who said no arrests had been made of midday Monday.

Mychal’s 34-year-old mother was also hurt by glass fragments during the shooting, WGN-TV reported.

“Every parent loves him,” dad Mychal Moultry Sr. told the station. “Everyone would want a kid just like him.”

Mychal Moultry Jr. (right) was killed by stray gunfire on September 5, 2021.
Mychal Moultry Jr. (right) was killed by stray gunfire on September 5, 2021.
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Mychal was the city’s youngest homicide victim over the Labor Day weekend from Friday through early Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The victims included eight children, authorities said.

Mychal’s father held him until paramedics arrived on the scene, community activist Andrew Holmes told the newspaper. Shell casings were found in front of the three-story apartment building where a front window had been shattered.

Mychal Moultry Jr.(left), was sleeping when a stray bullet entered his room from outside and killed him.
Mychal Moultry Jr.(left), was sleeping when a stray bullet entered his room from outside and killed him.
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Police officials said a news briefing Monday that Mychal was getting a haircut inside the residence when he was struck by the gunfire. Investigators asked the public to reach out to cops with any information connected to the boy’s slaying.

Mychal and his mother had arrived in the Windy City earlier Friday after traveling from their home in Decatur, Alabama, the Chicago Tribune reported. Initial interviews with Mychal’s parents and the homeowner did not reveal a possible motive, the newspaper reported.

A $9,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a break in the case, NBC Chicago reported.

“Give this family some justice,” Holmes told the Tribune. “If you know who this shooter is, give the information up to the authorities so no one else loses a child like this.”

As of early Monday, seven other juveniles had been shot in Chicago since 5 p.m. Friday, including a 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl who were wounded in a shooting near a back-to-school event in East Garfield Park, the Sun-Times reported.

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