US toddler dead after being caught in ambush crossfire

The four-year-old boy who was shot, standing in front of a shoe display and smiling
Four-year-old Jeremiah Ward Photo credit: Facebook/ Lexii Moore

A four-year-old boy is dead after being caught in the crossfire of a shooting, which police say was intended for someone else.

Jeremiah Ward was shot three times on Monday evening in Peoria, Illinois, reports Peoria Journal Star.

He was rushed to hospital, but died 45 minutes later from massive internal bleeding.

A 23-year-old man was also injured in the shooting.

The 23-year old, Jeremiah, his mother, and a third passenger were inside a car, in the car park of an apartment building.

The child and his mother standing outside a house
Jeremiah and his mother Photo credit: Facebook/ Lexii Moore

Police Chief Loren Marion III said the shooting was an ambush intended for the 23-year-old driver.

Jeremiah was shot in the back and the arm after he exited the car.

According to police, a total of 22 shots were fired.

Peoria Journal Star reports the car's third passenger fled the scene, and is now wanted for questioning.

Marion said he couldn't understand why people are not coming forward with information regarding Jeremiah's death in a press conference on Tuesday.

"When you have a four-year-old dead, why would anyone want to withhold information? I have no idea," he said.

Jeremiah's mother described him as a child who was always running up, hugging and kissing her, and telling her he loved her.

"His blood is on all our hands if we don't stand up, be strong and get justice for Jeremiah."




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