21-Month-Old Boy Remains In Critical Condition After Shooting On Lake Shore Drive

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A toddler is fighting for his life after being shot in a road rage incident on Lake Shore Drive downtown.

On Wednesday afternoon, Lurie Children’s Hospital said the boy identified as Kayden Swann, 21 months, was still getting full critical care treatment at the hospital’s ICU. He suffered a severe brain injury and requires a team of specialists to treat him, the hospital said.

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While the boy remains in critical condition, his condition has not worsened, the hospital said. He has been placed in a medically-induced coma to protect his brain and is on a ventilator.

His mother and grandmother have remained his side, the hospital said.

Kayden Swann

Kayden Swann, the toddler who was shot on Lake Shore Drive on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Credit: Legal Help Firm)

Police confirmed Wednesday they are questioning a man who was in the car with the boy at the time of the shooting.

The 21-month-old boy was a passenger in a car shot at over the course of two blocks on northbound Lake Shore Drive near Roosevelt Road along Grant Park.

The car was shot at over the course of two blocks on northbound Lake Shore Drive near Roosevelt Road. Police said shots flew along the Drive for two blocks between 9th and 11th streets.

Kayden was shot in the face. Police radio communications indicated he was shot once in the temple and once in the jaw. The white sedan carrying the child ended up crashing on Lake Shore Drive near Monroe Drive.

A family member jumped out of the car and screamed for help, trying to flag down drivers on Lake Shore Drive. Only one car stopped – and its driver said he didn’t think about it. He knew he had to do something.

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The Good Samaritan drove the gravely injured toddler and family from the Drive to Northwestern Hospital in Streeterville, and he is credited for giving the little boy a fighting chance.

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