Boy, 12, in critical condition after shooting on South Side

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — A 12-year-old boy is reportedly in critical condition following a shooting on the city’s South Side Thursday evening.

The shooting took place in an apartment complex in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue. Initial reports suggest the shooting occurred on the 22nd floor of a high-rise building.

The boy suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. First responders transported the boy to Comer Children’s Hospital with critical injuries.

According to figures released Monday, at least 90 children have been shot in Chicago this year — up 6% from this time last year.

“If anyone knows the whereabouts of the person who discharged their weapon and ran, call the police department,” community activist Andrew Holmes said. “Let them know that he needs to turn himself in.”

Marvin Edwards, president of 100 Men Standing, pleaded with the community to put the guns down.

“Summer hasn’t even begun yet,” Edwards said. “And we’ve had a number of juveniles and children shot and murdered in Chicago.”

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