Boy, 3, released from hospital after shooting outside West Side library

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CHICAGO — A 3-year-old was released from the hospital after being shot while he was outside of a library with his uncle in the city's Lawndale neighborhood Thursday.

The shooting happened around 9:15 a.m. Thursday outside the Douglass Branch of the Chicago Public Library in the 3300 block of West 13th Street.

Police said the boy was sitting inside a vehicle with his uncle — waiting on another relative who had gone inside the library — when two people began shooting at a man on the street. The man, who was the apparent target, was shot in the foot, according to police.

The 3-year-old boy was struck in the arm and transported to Stroger Hospital in serious condition and was later released.

"We don't know if it was an exchange of gunfire, or if these two suspects fired at this individual subsequently firing into the vehicle where a 3-year-old and an uncle were sitting," Bureau of Patrol Chief Fred Waller said.

Police said a Chicago squad car was hit by gunfire in the shooting, but no officers were injured.

"This is one of those situations that are totally unacceptable," Waller said. "That's why we think this was a targeted incident, not a random incident, but a targeted incident."

Police are investigating. No one is in custody.

The boy's family said they were grateful for the community's concern about requested privacy.

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