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Teen shot on far South Side

June 18, 2008 8:50:48 PM PDT
A teenager has been shot in the head on the far South Side.It happened at 119th and Perry. The victim is 14.

He is in serious to critical condition at Christ Hospital.

People in the neighborhood say they heard about a half a dozen shots before 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. Investigators marked the shell casings left on the ground near where the 14-year-old boy was shot.

Witnesses say he was standing on the corner with two friends when someone came by on foot with a gun.

"My heart is very heavy. Me and my neighbors were out here walking the street crying, just in pain over what's going on. They need to stop the killing," said one female neighbor.

His family said the boy, Jeremy Jones, just graduated eighth grade. He was about to begin summer school before starting at Fenger High School in the fall.

Jones is the third teenager shot this week. On Tuesday, 15-year-old Juan Hernandez was shot to death on the Southwest Side. On Monday, 14-year-old Ulysses Simmons was shot to death at 92nd and Langley in what police say was a dispute over a bike.

Community leaders say they are alarmed.

"We've been kind of plagued with a small gang war that's going on, and Ceasefire is trying to negotiate to help stop the violence between the two organizations. They have indicated that they do not want to continue the shooting," said Bob Jackson.

Police say they have no one in custody.


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