An Illinois man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he shot his girlfriend 11 times in the stomach while their six children were at home.
According to police in Cicero, 38-year-old Mario Scott was playing dominoes and drinking with his 33-year-old girlfriend shortly before midnight on Saturday inside their home in the 2200 block of South 58th Avenue when he suddenly got up from the table, went into the bedroom and came back brandishing a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
According to Cicero police spokesperson Ray Hanania, Scott fired 11 rounds into the woman’s midsection, then asked his two oldest children, aged 11 and 14, to help him carry their wounded mother to his vehicle.
The couple’s four other children – ages one, four, seven and 10 – looked on. Police said Scott stopped the kids from calling 911 for help by taking away a cellphone from his oldest daughter.
Police said the 38-year-old gunman dropped off his girlfriend at the Stroger Hospital emergency room and left, only to return at a later time with two of his children who wanted to see their mother.
The 33-year-old shooting victim has undergone multiple surgeries and remains in critical condition, reported ABC7 Chicago.
Police later tracked down Scott in Cicero and booked him into jail on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.
The couple’s six children were taken into the protective custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Scott, who is a convicted felon, was scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Tuesday.