A Morgan Park man has been charged with the brazen, midday road-rage shooting on Lake Shore Drive that critically wounded a toddler in early April.
Deandre Binion, 25, faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, Chicago police said.
Investigators determined he fired shots on April 6, striking 22-month-old Kayden Swann in the temple, police said.
Prosecutors have already charged Jushawn Brown with unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting. In his initial court hearing, prosecutors said Brown was driving his car on Lake Shore Drive, with Kayden in the rear seat, when an SUV that attempted to merge onto the highway nearly struck his car near Soldier Field.
Brown pulled over and yelled at the driver of the SUV, and the two exchanged words until the driver of the SUV pulled out a gun and showed it to Brown while asking him, “What did he want to do about it,” prosecutors said.
Brown took out his own gun and placed it on his lap before trying to drive away from the SUV, which followed him.
The driver of the SUV fired several shots at Brown’s car near the Shedd Aquarium, striking it several times. One of the bullets smashed through the rear passenger window and hit the boy in the head.
Brown continued to drive north until he lost control and crashed.
A good Samaritan picked up Brown, Brown’s girlfriend and the child and drove them to Northwestern Hospital. The boy was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Kayden suffered a severe brain injury and was put in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator, doctors said. Earlier this week, doctors said the child was out of intensive care and showing “remarkable progress.”
Binion was expected to appear in court on Friday, police said.