The Latest: Police: Chicago priest helped in investigation

CHICAGO (AP) " The Latest on charges against a 26-year-old man in the shooting death of a Chicago toddler (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Chicago police say a Catholic priest helped them obtain information as they investigated the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy.

Police said Saturday that 26-year-old Devon Swan is charged with first-degree murder in a shooting that killed Lavontay White and his 26-year-old uncle, Lazaric Collins. A pregnant woman was wounded.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says people with information about the crime approached the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who accompanied them when they spoke to authorities.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Johnsons said Swan is a convicted felon with previous gun arrests for unlawful use of a weapon and armed robbery, escape from custody and numerous narcotics cases.

There is no phone listing for Swan in Chicago to pursue comment on his behalf.

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8:50 a.m.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with fatally shooting a 2-year-old boy in Chicago.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi announced Saturday that Devon Swan has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lavontay White, who was killed while in the backseat of a car. Lavontay's uncle, 26-year-old Lazaric Collins, also was killed in Tuesday's shooting. A pregnant woman who was driving the car was wounded.

The shooting was captured on video streamed live on Facebook. Police believe Collins was the intended target of the attack, which stemmed from a disagreement with a group of individuals.

There is no phone listing for Swan in Chicago to pursue comment on his behalf.

Lavontay was one of three children fatally shot within days of each other in Chicago.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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