(CBS) — A 12-year-old boy was shot Thursday night while playing tag in the Gage Park neighborhood.
The boy was in critical condition Friday morning at Mount Sinai Medical Center, after he was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting in the 3000 block of West 54th Street around 9 p.m. Thursday.
Police said he was on the sidewalk near his home when a red SUV pulled up, and someone inside fired shots at him. Friends said the boy often is seen playing outside.
A witness said he heard two gunshots, then tires screeching.
“He was a good friend of mine. We always, during the whole year, we used to hang out; just play football or basketball around here. He wasn’t getting into any gangs. He was a good kid,” Manuel Lepez said.