Three-Year-Old Boy Shot Dead in Front of His Mother and Siblings in Chicago Road Rage Incident

Mateo Zastro

A toddler was shot dead in front of his mother and siblings during a road rage incident in Chicago, according to police.

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said Mateo Zastro, 3, was riding in a car with his mother and siblings at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night near Cicero Avenue and West 71st Street.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., there have been 63 fatal shootings in Chicago since September 1. The same database found that four children aged 11 or under have been shot dead in Chicago in 2022.

CPD Eighth District Commander Bryan Spreyne told reporters the mother had tried to flee a road rage incident, but that the other driver followed her to Marquette Road, near Kildare Avenue.

According to ABC7, someone in the backseat of a red sedan fired at the mother’s car, one of the bullets striking Mateo in the head.

Spreyne said on Saturday: “One of the shots struck the 3-year-old child. He was taken to Christ Hospital and succumbed to his injuries…

“Our vow to the child’s family, and to the entire city is we will not rest until those responsible for this senseless and cowardly act of violence are brought to justice.”

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Anders Anglesey