Officers responded to a 911 call of shots fired at around 12:08 a.m. in the 4700 block of Main Street, police said.
Residents said they heard several rounds of bullets rattling through the neighborhood.
“I thought it was firecrackers. All I heard was just a bunch of pops,” said Joel Rolnick.
They found the kids shot inside an apartment building. A 9-year-old had been shot multiple times and a 6-year-old suffered a graze wound, police said.
The children were transported to a local hospital, where the 9-year-old succumbed to his injuries, officials said. He has been identified as Jeremiah Ellis, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation.
Neighbor said the area is usually very quiet.
“Any loss of life is pretty sad,” said Josh Gordon. “But it’s pretty uncommon for this area to have something like this unfold. Just unfortunate.”
“This is my regular walk. I think it’s terrible. You know? It’s very sad,” said Edward Donlon.
Anyone with information regarding the incident are urged to call the Skokie Police Department at 847-982-5900.
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