CHICAGO (CBS) — A 14-year old Chicago girl says she’s alive today because her 13-year old friend stood in front of her during a gang shooting on the city’s Southwest Side.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, the two teenagers were on a porch Wednesday night in the 2400 block of West 47th Place in the Brighton Park neighborhood, eating pizza and listening to music.
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A gunman ran out of a gangway and started shooting around 9:25 p.m. that night.
The girl, Daneysi Valdovinos, tells the Chicago Tribune she believes she would have been shot in the head and killed if the boy, Rony Monzon, hadn’t jumped in front of her.
Rony took six shots. As of Friday morning, he remained at Mount Sinai Hospital, recovering from wounds to the chest, arm and hip, the Sun-Times reported.
Police do not believe either teen was a target, but a witness did report hearing the shooter shout a gang slogan as he ran away. The shooter is believed to have had the wrong house, the Sun-Times reported.
Rony has no gang affiliation, although he does know some gang members, police told the newspaper.
Members of the Latin Kings and Satan Disciples have been at war in Brighton Park, neighbors told the Sun-Times.