A member of the U.S. Navy was critically injured and his 3-year-old daughter was grazed in the head Thursday night when shots were fired during an apparent carjacking attempt in Chatham, according to police and family members.
Around. At 7.20pm, they were sitting in a parked car in the first block of East 79th Street when a vehicle stopped and someone inside fired shots, Chicago police said. The man drove forward but drove into a parked vehicle in the 300-block on East 79th Street.
The 26-year-old man, identified by family members as Koreyuntaye Robinson, was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, police said. His daughter, Kori, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition.
Outside the University of Chicago, where about a dozen family and friends were on guard, Shenell Griffin said she was returning home from nursing school when she found out her son and granddaughter had been injured in the attack and rushed to the scene.
Robinson is a member of the U.S. Navy living in Virginia, Griffin said. He and his daughter were in town to visit family when they were apparently hit by carjackers opening fire. She said it was “heartbreaking” to witness the aftermath.
“Seeing my grandson’s head wrapped and blood running out of it, it took my soul and I fell to my knees because you’re all out here and you hurt women and children over nothing,” she said, adding: “To shoot in the car you know children [are] in there you must be a demonic soul. “Something is really wrong.”
Griffin noted that two of his son’s friends have been killed in recent days, including 29-year-old Derricka Patrick, a pregnant woman who was shot dead Wednesday. Now, after spending 49 years in Chicago, she said the constant drumming of violence is finally pushing her out.
“This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” she said. “I can not breathe here another day. I have to go and my children have to go.”
Griffin’s uncle, David Griffin, noted that Robinson graduated with honors from the Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, where he was a prominent basketball player. In addition to serving in the military, David Griffin said Robinson was a businessman who ran a moving and storage business.
“The boy is positive,” said David Griffin, who believes he was probably trying to protect his daughter.
“These dummies are jacking cars. And even if you have babies in the car, they’re pulling away with your baby,” he added. “That’s probably why he tried to get away.”
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