CHICAGO (CBS) — A 13-year-old boy is recovering after being wounded Friday night in a shooting in the South Austin neighborhood.
Police say the 7th grader was not the gunman’s target. CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos reports it was a very close call for the boy.
The bullet just barely missed Zarriel Trotter’s spine. He is recovering the hospital after surgery on Saturday.
The teen has even said himself that he is tired of the violence, speaking out a year ago as part of an anti-violence campaign called Black Is Human.
Zarriel’s principal at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn says Zarriel is good student, involved in mentoring and tutoring programs.
“Zarriel makes my day every day,” she said. “I greet all the students first thing in the morning and every day he gives me a big smile.”
Zarriel was shot in the lower back on West Jackson in the South Austin neighborhood, about a half mile from his school.
“We have a tremendous amount of teenagers being shot and a lot of mothers worried whether their children are coming back home or not,” said community activist Andrew Holmes.
No suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting.