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14-year-old boy shot in head after Von Steuben homecoming dance

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CHICAGO — A 14-year old boy was shot in the head following a homecoming dance Thursday night at Von Steuben High School.

Just after 10:30 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of North Central Park Avenue on the report of a shooting.

When they arrived, officers discovered a 14-year-old boy sitting in the backseat of a vehicle suffering from a gun shot wound to the head.

According to 33rd Ward Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, the boy was shot after the Von Steuben High School homecoming dance. His mother was picking him up from the dance and was in the car when the shooting took place.

A witness told police a dark-colored Honda was following the vehicle the victim was in. At some point, shots were fired into the rear window, striking the boy.

The boy was transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Police are asking for the community’s help while they continue to investigate.

Friday night, a small group of community members watching while Chicago police held a roll call at Central Park and Lawrence in Albany Park.

Rodriguez Sanchez said the shooting is another example of why more investments are needed to support young people.

“It’s horrible. I am sad. I am really angry and I’m hoping that we can do better,” she said.

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