Baker’s cousin Arlene Allen says the 19-year-old is clinging to life after stomach surgery Friday morning.
Baker and his 22-year old cousin were walking home together on the 6200 block of south Campbell Avenue just after four o’clock Thursday afternoon.
The teen known as “college boy” to friends, was leaving classes at Harold Washington College. A van pulled up next to the cousins, two armed robbers got out and stole their cell phones. Then one asked Baker what gang he was a member of, before he could answer, the cousin says he was shot.
Allen says Baker does not have any connection to a gang.
A week ago, Baker’s 16-year-old cousin Marquise Harris was shot and killed outside of his home on the 6200 of south Saint Lawrence Avenue. It happened after a fight with his girlfriend at a party.
Theresa Taylor is a close friend of Baker’s mother. She says Baker’s shooting has upset everyone in the neighborhood who knows the teen and his family.