Teen shot on South Side

April 12, 2008 3:55:02 PM PDT
Police on Chicago's South Side are investigating a shooting involving a 15-year-old boy. It happened at 511 E. Browning in an extension of the Ida B. Wells housing complex.

15-year old Curtrell Mcbride was shot and remained hospitalized in critical condition Saturday.

Chicago Police say the incident happened at approximately 4 p.m. Friday. One officer on the scene told ABC7 a teenage boy was shot twice. He said, however, that he did not think anyone was killed. Police and Chicago Housing Authority officials were on the scene.

Police on the scene say that some kids were shooting at each other. They say they got the call that shots have been fired and responded immediately.

Cutrell McBride was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The CPS student who attends Phillips High School sophomore was shot in the upper left chest and hand, according to police.

Within hours of the shooting, ministers arrived on scene to pray with residents.

The boy's one-time little league coach said he is a good ball player.

"He played little league baseball on our team, the Ida B. Wells Bluejays, a very good ball player, shortstop, pitcher, really good hitteR. We won a couple of city championships with him playing on our team. So I hope he's all right," said Bernard Clark.

A Chicago Housing Authority spokesperson says the boy was shot on the fifth floor of the building and went to the ground floor for help. CHA say he is not a resident of the building.

Residents in Chicago's South Side neighborhoods describe the ongoing gun violence as a crisis. On Friday night in the Roseland community, Ceasefire activists are fighting back by talking with teenagers.

"We're going to be engaging the young people out here tonight, talking with them, be more proactive, ask them if there are any problems in the community, if there's any potential shootings they may know about to at least give us a chance to negotiate," said Bob Jackson, Roseland Ceasefire.

Some of the teenagers participating even know the boy who was shot Firday afternoon.

"The 15-year-old that got shot at the projects at 39th, he attends Phillips just like me, he's in one of my classes," said Ieisha Barry.

Representatives from Ceasefire - a group that lost its state funding last year - say they will continue to push on until the neighborhoods are safe. Meanwhile, teenagers say they are scared just to walk outside.

It could be me just walking down the street going to the store or something, or playing basketball like I always do, end up getting shot or something, or my friend, somebody real close to me," said Barry.


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