'The worst day of my existence': Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell reveals his 'baby' brother, 18, has been shot dead in Chicago
- A brother of Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell was shot and killed
- Christian Caldwell, 18, was shot in the torso and died at the scene
- Killing happened in Chicago on Friday on the city's South Side
- Gianno Caldwell, 36, had previously been critical of Chicago's leadership and the rising crime rates in the Windy City
- He would recount a story where a brother of his was ambushed in a shooting while sitting in a parked car in 2017 - the brother survived but his friend did not
- Gianno grew up alongside nine siblings at a home in the city
The tragic news was shared by Caldwell to his Twitter account, together with a photograph posing alongside his youngest sibling, 18-year-old Christian.
'Yesterday was the worst day of my existence. I received a call informing me that my teenage baby brother was murdered on the south side of Chicago. Never could I have imagined my baby brother's life would be stolen from him. Please keep my family in your prayers,' he wrote.
'What I'm looking for right now is details from the police to discover who it was that murdered my brother,' Caldwell, 35, who is from Chicago, told Fox News on Saturday. 'My baby brother never had a chance.'
Christian Caldwell, right, the 18-year-old younger brother of Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell, 36, left, was shot and killed on Chicago's South Side on Friday night
Police are pictured on the scene where Christian Caldwell was killed
Around 50 shell casings were found in the area where the shooting took place
The Chicago Police Department detailed on Friday how an 18-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound to the torso had died at the scene of a shooting.
A second male victim, aged 31, was listed in critical condition, also with a gunshot wound to the torso.
A 25-year-old female victim was also shot in the leg and remains in 'fair' condition.
Around 50 shell casings were found in the area where the shooting took place reports CBS Chicago.
The suspect is believed to have got into a black sedan and driven off following the shooting. The CPD said detectives were actively investigating the incident.
Caldwell said that he would like for the perpetrator to 'turn themselves in' and 'brought to justice' adding that he hoped 'they can be rehabilitated.'
Gianno Caldwell grew up in a Chicago family where he was one of nine siblings
Caldwell, center top, is seen with five of his brothers and nephews in a photograph from 2011
'Then one day, whenever they're out of jail — if it's not for life — maybe they can turn their lives around and give hope to other young men if there is any hope of rehabilitating them,' Caldwell said.
'I would never want to see any street justice or violence against the people who even murdered my little brother. But I do want them brought to justice. And, as a Christian who believes in forgiveness, who believes that there is a second path for people who could do something like this, all I want from my little brother, Christian, is justice. That's it.'
Caldwell said how his brother Christian enjoyed sports and would like to spend time with his friends and travel. 'He loved his big brother,' Caldwell added.
Caldwell, who has nine siblings, has been appearing on Fox since 2017.
Days earlier, Caldwell shared a series of messages between another of his brothers on Father's Day.
'My little brother has never met his father and as devastating as this is, I am thankful to God for choosing me to be his big brother/father figure,' Caldwell wrote.
Christian Caldwell, 18, died on Friday night during a shooting in Chicago South Side
'I've always looked at you as the closest thing to a father figure. You've taught me so much and for that I'm forever grateful and proud of the things you have done,' his brother Matthew wrote to him in a touching message.
Caldwell described his growing up in Chicago as 'really, really poor.'
His mother was addicted to crack cocaine and had to go to rehab. It meant the siblings were all placed in the custody of his grandmother.
'I was like his dad because he never knew his father. So my three youngest little brothers, I considered — they were my kids. Those are my sons, so I took care of them. I financially supported them and still do my family,' Caldwell said to Fox.
'I never, ever, ever thought that my baby brother, just turned 18, would ever be in this situation. We've never had anybody murdered in our family, and we've been through very, very tragic things. God has always shielded each and every one of us, so I can't understand how this happened. I'm trying to get the details to understand fully what's going on here,' he said.
Last weekend, Caldwell shared a series of messages between another of his brothers, Matthew on Father's Day, who told him they saw Gianno as a 'father figure'
Gianno Caldwell is one of nine siblings. He said his younger brothers were more like sons
Gianno Caldwell (left) with some of his siblings, pictured several years ago
Writing in 2021 for the New York Post, Caldwell described a 2017 incident in which one of his siblings was ambushed by men with guns on Chicago's South Side.
'It was late on Memorial Day in 2017. The night was surprisingly cool; it felt more like early spring than early summer. My younger brother was sitting in a parked car on the South Side of Chicago with a couple of his friends. Two men approached, pulled automatic pistols, and started firing,' he detailed.
'My brother had survived, I finally learned, and we thank God for that every day. But make no mistake, I could just as easily be discussing him in the past tense. My brother's best friend died in his arms that night.'
Caldwell would often refer one of his brother's close call with death and referred to the incident during a recent Fox News discussion on gun violence.
'I think back to just several years ago my younger brother during Memorial Day weekend was in a car with two of his friends when two men walked up and shot that car 25 times,' he said.
Caldwell had previously been critical of Chicago's leadership and the rising crime levels in the Windy City noting how there were 76 police officers either shot or fired upon in 2021 with more than 800 homicides across the city overall.
Caldwell had previously been critical of Chicago's leadership and the rising crime levels in the Windy City and would often appear on Fox to discuss such matters. He is pictured on June 5th
'I'm absolutely disgusted by the violence that continues in my hometown,' he said during a panel discussion on Fox earlier this month after a Chicago police officer was shot at during a routine traffic stop.
'If you're going to have these soft-on-crime measures, you're never going to get the crime problem under control, whether it be in Chicago, whether it be in Philadelphia, Detroit, wherever it may be,' Caldwell stated during the debate.
'These policies must change, and they got to get tough and they got to get tough immediately, otherwise we're going to see more and more people dying in the streets daily,' Caldwell added.
Chicago police work the scene where the a 5-month-old girl was shot and killed in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, on Friday. The baby is among the youngest victims of gun violence in Chicago (file photo)
Overall crime in Chicago has recently flared up by 34 percent even though shooting incidents and murders are decreasing. On the other hand, robberies and theft have surged since the start of the year
Crime rates across the board in Chicago are already above what they were at this time last year although levels for murder and shooting incidents are in fact down by a small amount, data from the Chicago Police Department's data up until June 19th shows.
There have been 268 murders in the Windy City so far this year, down by seven percent compared to last year when there were 289 murder in the same time period.
Sexual assaults are also also down by two percent from last year, as 895 incidents have been reported this year compared to 912 last year.
The largest increases, however, were to the number thefts, up 66 percent over the same time period last year with 7,354 reported compared with 4,436 last year.
Motor vehicle thefts are also up 39 percent compared to the same time last year, with 5,586 reported in 2022 and 4,033 reported in the same period in 2021.
Shooting incidents, meanwhile, are down 17 percent from last year - but there have already been a string of deadly shootings, with seven people at an intersection in the city's South Side in March and three minors killed in January.