UPDATE: Eyewitness News is learning more now about the 5-year-old boy shot and killed tonight on Shopiere Rd.
The child was riding in the car with his father when a maroon-colored 1990-2000 GMC SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire. The 5-year-old, who was riding in the back seat, was shot in the abdomen, and later died at Beloit Memorial Hospital.
Police say the suspect or suspects were following the father and his child, and that multiple shots were fired. They also say the area has a lot of traffic, meaning there were plenty of witnesses to the shooting.
“It’s not acceptable to the police department or the Beloit community that this type of violence occurs. Certainly nobody expects to have their 5-year-old taken from them in this fashion and it shouldn’t be acceptable to anyone. So we really urge everyone to come forward with any piece of information they might have to help us solve this,” said Interim Police Chief David Zibolski.
Beloit Police confirmed to Eyewitness News a 5 year-old boy has been shot and killed.
This happened just after 7pm near Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road. Eyewitness News has a crew at the scene. We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.