Teen shot to death with semi-automatic assault weapon in Back of the Yards

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CHICAGO -- A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed with a semi-automatic assault rifle in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Police say a gunman in a light-colored Saturn four-door opened fire right in front of Holy Cross Immaculate Heart of Mary Church while close to 200 people were inside for services.

Witnesses say Salvador Suarez, who lives in the neighborhood, was walking down the street when he was killed.  Police think the shooting was gang motivated and possibly connected to recent shootings in the area.

Neighbors are scared and want something done.

"It’s just not safe anymore but where would you go? I don't want to leave," one resident said.

Police don't have a good description of the shooter but say they fired many rounds in a very short amount of time.

“There are literally dozens of empty shell casings on the street," said Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy. "This is indicative of the level of violence that we see on a day-to-day basis."