Shooting that killed toddler was retaliation against boy's uncle, 2nd man charged: prosecutors

The killing of a 2-year-old toddler and his uncle on Valentine's Day was in retaliation for an earlier murder, Cook County prosecutors revealed Friday in announcing first-degree murder charges against a second man.The toddler's uncle, Lazarec Collins, 26,...

Shooting that killed toddler was retaliation against boy's uncle, 2nd man charged: prosecutors

The killing of a 2-year-old toddler and his uncle on Valentine's Day was in retaliation for an earlier murder, Cook County prosecutors revealed Friday in announcing first-degree murder charges against a second man.The toddler's uncle, Lazarec Collins, 26,...

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Shooting that killed toddler was retaliation against boy's uncle, 2nd man charged: prosecutors

The killing of a 2-year-old toddler and his uncle on Valentine's Day was in retaliation for an earlier murder, Cook County prosecutors revealed Friday in announcing first-degree murder charges against a second man.

The toddler's uncle, Lazarec Collins, 26, was ambushed in a car in a West Side alley because the killers believe he was involved in the slaying of one of their brothers, prosecutors said.

Two-year-old Lavontay White Jr., strapped in a child safety seat in the car's rear, was also slain, while Collins' 21-year-old pregnant girlfriend was wounded. Lavontay was one of three children shot and killed within a four-day period earlier this month.

Prosecutors alleged Friday that Doniel Harris, 19, drove a blue Chevrolet Spark up to the victims' car and was one of two gunmen who opened fire. Judge James Brown ordered him held without bail on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

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(Ray Long, Deanese Williams-Harris and Marwa Eltagouri)

Last week, 26-year-old Devon Swan was the first to be charged in the double slaying. He is also being held without bail.

Two others who also took part in the killing have yet to be charged, according to prosecutors. One of them also opened fire, they said.

The shooting was captured on Facebook Live as Collins' girlfriend streamed video of the three riding in a car shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 in an alley near the woman's home at Ogden and Kostner avenues in the Lawndale neighborhood.

Harris drove up to the victims' car, and he and one of the people in the back seat opened fire, prosecutors said. The pregnant woman, who was driving, exited her vehicle and ran to a residence.

The gunmen continued to shoot multiple times at Collins and his nephew, prosecutors said. Collins suffered five wounds to the abdomen, back and legs. Lavontay was shot in the back of his head, and the bullet traveled through his cheek, prosecutors said.

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In a shooting caught on Facebook Live, a 2-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man were killed and a pregnant woman was wounded when a gunman opened fire as they drove down an alley in Lawndale on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said."Call 911! They killed him. ... I have a bullet in my stomach," the...

(Heather Schroering, Peter Nickeas, Jeremy Gorner and Gregory Pratt)

Collins was pronounced dead at the scene, and his nephew was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Collins' girlfriend, who was four months pregnant, was shot in the abdomen, police said. The unborn child later died.

Witnesses spotted Harris driving the Chevrolet, and at least one witness saw him open fire, prosecutors said. A witness in the area also saw one of the suspects holding a gun as he ran to the blue Chevrolet before it fled the scene with three others, according to prosecutors. The car belongs to Swan's girlfriend, who lent it to him after she went to work.

Prosecutors said Swan made admissions to multiple witnesses about his involvement in the shooting and also implicated Harris.

jgorner@chicagotribune.com

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