Mother: Boy, 12, shot because he didn’t throw gang sign

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CHICAGO --A distraught mother says her little boy was shot because he wasn't in a gang and wouldn't flash gang signals.

The 12-year-old boy was shot Thursday night while he was outside playing with friends.

It happened around 9 p.m. at 54th and Sacramento in the city's Gage Park neighborhood.

A group of kids were playing on an unusually warm February night.

Witnesses say a red SUV drove up and stopped.  Two men inside then flashed gang signs.

When the kids wouldn't flash the signs back, the men opened fire.

A 12-year-old boy was hit and rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital. Doctors say he is seriously injured but is expected to survive.

Police say they do not believe any of the children are in a gang.

The search is on for suspects.

3000 block of West 54 Street in Chicago