CHICAGO (STMW) — A 13-year-old boy was shot in the back Monday afternoon while riding a bicycle in the Englewoood neighborhood.
The teen was riding the bike in the 5500 block of South Halsted Street when an offender fired shots toward him from across the street about 3:15 p.m., police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.
Paramedics took the wounded team to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight said.
Rev. Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church, said Monday night that the boy was in a mentor program sponsored by his church. Brooks was with the boy and his family at the hospital but said they did not want to speak to the media.
Earlier in the evening Brooks tweeted: “My heart is broken I found out that our boys were being picked up and the shooting happen five minutes before they arrived to pick up the boys.”
No one was in custody as Area South detectives were investigating Tuesday morning.
Authorities think the shooting may be gang-related, police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.
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