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Chicago Chronicles : Person of interest questioned in shooting of boy, 14, near South Chicago school

Person of interest questioned in shooting of boy, 14, near South Chicago school.


Police are questioning a person of interest in the shooting of a 14-year-old Baker College Prep student near his school in the city's South Chicago neighborhood.

The teen was hanging out with friends at a Bessemer Park basketball court in the 2700-block of East 89th Street around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Investigators said that's when someone walked up and opened fire. Witnesses heard five or six shots.

"Well, there were two guys that came out of this alley right behind you. There was a group of kids in the playground. The guys came up and started shooting at the group of kids that were hanging out," said Pablo Balderos, who saw the shooting.

The boy was shot in the chest and wrist. Witnesses said the teen was able to run toward the campus Baker shares with Bowen High School.

One bystander said he saw the suspect tuck the gun into his waistband before taking off.

"We just saw the guy with the gun ran back through the alley. It looks like he was a student," Balderos said.

After police arrived a few minutes later, early reports said officers took the gunman into custody. However, police said Friday morning they have not made any arrests. They are questioning a person of interest at Area South.

The 14-year-old boy was taken to Comer Children's Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

"It's very sad how somebody gets shot like that. It's unbelievable, crazy," said Malcom Dyson Jr., who also witnessed the shooting
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