Baby boy among four wounded in South Loop shooting

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A 6-month-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were in critical condition Wednesday night after a shooting in the South Loop that wounded four people total.

At 9:07 p.m., a male wearing a ski mask jumped out of a blue van or sports-utility vehicle and began firing at a car driving west through the intersection of West Cermak Road and South State Street, according to Chicago police.

Among the wounded were a 6-month-old boy who was struck twice in the abdomen and a 13-year-old girl who had a gunshot wound in her shoulder, police said. The two children were taken to Lurie Children's Hospital, where their conditions were critical but they had been stabilized, authorities said.

A 37-year-old woman was shot in the knee and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. Her condition had also been stabilized, police said. A 27-year-old man inside the car suffered a graze wound to the arm and refused treatment on the scene. The fifth passenger, a 15-year-old girl, was not hit by any bullets.

Officials initially said the baby boy was a 16-month-old girl and the woman was 30 years old.

No one was in custody late Wednesday. The shooter was last seen getting back inside the van or SUV and possibly driving south on State Street.

Area Central detectives were investigating.