Man shoots, injures young burglary suspects on his Woodlawn property

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police say a 61-year-old man shot and injured a 16-year-old boy who had broken into his property in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood.

Just before 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the man arrived at his property, which is being renovated, in the 6600 block of South Rhodes to find the rear door open.

The man found two boys inside, ages 16 and 11. He confronted them and shot the 16-year-old in the the lower back and right hand. The boys fled the scene but were apprehended by police nearby.

The 16-year-old was transported to Stroger Hospital in stable condition. The 11-year-old was transported to Comer Children's Hospital with a laceration to the back of his head. Police say it's still unclear if he was injured inside the home or during his arrest.

It's also unclear if the boys had weapons.

The property owner, who wished not to be identified, did have a valid conceal and carry license.

Charges are pending against the boys, but the property owner is not facing charges. The property owner was not injured.

The property owner's son spoke with WGN by phone to say his father says it was an unfortunate incident and that he hopes the boys are OK.


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