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Child Shot Dead, Dad Wounded While Driving

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An 11-year-old old boy was killed and his father wounded Friday night when someone opened fire with a shotgun while they were in a vehicle, which later crashed into a day care center on the South Side, authorities said. Chicago police believe the victims, who were not immediately identified, were not the targets. According to a law enforcement source, the gunman may have been looking for a relative of the victims. The relative, who has gang affiliations, was being questioned Friday night, the source said, but was not placed under arrest in connection with the shooting. The boy and his father, 42, were shot about 8:25 p.m. near East 78th Street and South Kingston Avenue when the gunman approached their parked vehicle and opened fire. The boy was shot in the head and was dead at the scene, authorities said. The father drove the vehicle to the 1800 block of East 79th Street, where he crashed into two parked cars and the day care center, authorities said. The father was shot in his arm and back and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Officials said he was taken there in critical condition but is expected to survive. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said a gas line was hit in the crash, prompting the Fire Department to send a hazardous materials team to the site. No other injuries were reported, and the day care center was unoccupied. Choir members of the Church of Living Faith, a neighbor of the day care center, were rehearsing for their upcoming Christmas service at the time of the collison.