Suspect arrested in shooting streamed on Facebook Live

by Jody Jameson, Contributor

A Chicago gang member is in custody for the shooting death of a two year old boy

A Chicago gang member was arrested Saturday for a shooting that killed two people, including a toddler, and injured a pregnant woman.

Devon Swan, 26, was charged with first degree murder after he shot and killed 2-year-old Lavontay, and Lavontay’s uncle, Lazaric Collins, 26 on Tuesday. The pregnant woman was driving the two at the time of the shooting, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

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The Cook County medical examiner’s office said that the toddler and his uncle were both shot in the head. The pregnant woman, Collin’s girlfriend, was also shot in the attack, but survived. 

The attack took place in an alley in North Lawndale, when the woman, her boyfriend and the baby were listening to music and singing along. The pregnant woman was recording a video she shared on Facebook Live when the gunfire broke out.

Over a dozen shots can be heard on the video, which does not stop recording. The video captures screaming in the background. The woman can be seen on the video leaving the car and running towards a house. The video then cuts to black but the audio continues to record. People in the background can be heard screaming “Oh my God,” ‘’I can’t breathe,” and “Please, no, no.”

Authorities investigating the case believe that the attack was gang related. Investigators believe that Collins was the target of the shooting, and Lavontay was a casualty. At a news conference on Saturday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that the little boy got caught in the middle of gang violence that had nothing to do with him.

“Lavontay wasn’t someone who made some bad decisions and lost his way or got involved in a gang conflict,” Johnson said. “Was just a little boy with his whole life ahead of him.”

People with information on the shooting went to a Catholic priest, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who then took accompanied them to the police precinct where she shared the information with authorities

Swan was a gang member with multiple charges on his record, said police. He was convicted of felony charges of burglary and armed robbery. Swan was just released last June and was on parole at the time of the shooting, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Both the pregnant woman and her unborn child are expected to survive.


Photo: Family photo

Jody Jameson is up-and-coming journalist who's been featured in national news publications for her in-depth crime stories coverage. Her passion lies within helping women and children, in hopes of bringing awareness to abuse, exploitation, and rights violations. In her personal time, Jody has done summer volunteer work at The Boys and Girls Club, and worked as a peer assistant for PALS, a program that assists underprivileged kids. During her time in sorority, Kappa Kappa Gama, Jody volunteered in the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program, which raises money to supply books to children in need.