A young boy was killed in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side.
9-year-old Antonio Smith was shot twice in the chest near 71st and Woodlawn around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the city’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he later died, according to his family.
He lived near to the scene of the shooting and family members say he may have been waiting for a bus or walking in the neighborhood when someone opened fired.
WGN is told Smith may have ran for cover to seek shelter in a nearby backyard where a neighbor found him.
The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she arrived home just before 4 p.m. when she spotted the boy laying on his back in a neighbor’s backyard. She saw blood and knew something was wrong.
“As I was driving down the alley, I saw something lying in the neighbors backyard,” she said. “I saw it was a child. I got out of the car enough to see there was a child. I asked if he was doing alright. He never said anything and I immediately called 911.”
No one is in custody. Police are investigating.
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