A three-year-old Chicago boy was fatally shot in the head over the weekend when his mother tried to flee a horrific road rage attack, police said.
Mateo Zastro had been sitting next to his siblings in the back seat of his mother’s SUV when a gunman opened fire at about 8.30 p.m. on Friday in the city’s West Lawn neighborhood.
Police said the family had just left a shopping mall when the little boy’s mom got into a confrontation with an unidentified driver, ABC7 reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the road rage confrontation.
The mom tried to drive off but the suspect followed her and starting firing “several shots” into her vehicle, according to cops.
The little boy took a bullet to the head and was pronounced dead hours later at the Christ Hospital.
His three siblings and mom weren’t injured.
“That mother is still grieving. All she’s doing is clutching onto two dinosaurs … the baby’s favorite toy,” said Andrew Holmes, a community activist who spent hours with the grief-stricken family over the weekend.
He is offering a $7,000 reward for information on the suspect responsible for Mateo’s slaying.
“We can get these baby killers off the streets,” Holmes said.
Investigators are currently reviewing surveillance video in a bid to track down the shooter, according to cops.
They are looking for a red Dodge Charger or red Ford Mustang.
“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,” 8th District Commander Bryan Spreyne said.
“To those responsible for taking this precious child’s life: do the right thing, the honorable thing, and turn yourselves in.”
The little boy’s death comes just months after 5-month-old baby Cecilia Thomas was killed when she was also struck in the head by a stay bullet in a drive-by shooting.
The baby had been riding with her father when a gunman opened fire on their car, according to police.