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Updated 05/02/13 – 10:17 a.m.

CHICAGO (STMW) – A 10-year-old boy playing near his Austin neighborhood home became the unintended victim of gun violence Wednesday night when he was struck by a stray bullet meant for someone else.

Police said the boy was playing near his home in the 900 block of North Waller Avenue about 7:45 p.m. when a fight broke out between two nearby groups of males.

At some point a gunman came running north on Waller, firing shots at one of the groups involved in the fight, police said.

One of the bullets missed the mark, striking the boy in the buttocks, police said. No one else was injured in the shooting, police said.

Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said the 10-year-old boy was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in “stable” condition Wednesday night.

An update on the boy’s condition was not available Thursday morning, but police said his injuries were non life-threatening.

Nobody was in custody for the shooting.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)