A 3-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head over the weekend in a road rage confrontation in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood.
Mateo Zastro was sitting in the back seat of his mother’s SUV when he was shot in the head by another motorist Friday night.
Mateo’s mother got into an argument with another motorist near Cicero Avenue and West 71st Street then attempted to flee.
The motorist followed the mother and fired several rounds into her vehicle.
The suspect is still at large.
A $7,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of the person who police said shot and killed 3-year-old Mateo Zastro, leaving his family torn.
“That mother is still grieving. All she’s doing is clutching onto two dinosaurs, and this was the baby’s favorite toy, said community activist Andrew Holmes.
The leftover shattered glass is a reminder of the terrifying moments that ended with the toddler fatally shot while riding in the car with his mother and three siblings.
“We can get these baby killers off the streets,” Holmes said.
It all unfolded at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday night, with an apparent road rage incident near Cicero Avenue and West 71st Street on Chicago’s Southwest Side, police said.
“The mother attempted to flee from the other vehicle of the road rage incident,” said 8th District Chicago Police Department Commander Bryan Spreyne.
But, she didn’t get far, making it only blocks away to Marquette Road near Kildare Avenue, where the mother was tracked down and shots were fired, police said. A nearby home, was riddled with bullets after someone in the backseat of a red sedan took aim at the mom’s car.
A bullet struck little Mateo in the head.
Officers from the Chicago Police Department on Saturday held a press conference on the deadly road rage incident: