Boy, 10, shot near playground in East Chicago

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 10-year-old boy was shot in East Chicago, Indiana, Friday night, fire officials said.

Officials said the boy was shot around 7 p.m. in the 3700-block of Alder Street.

Officials said the child was near a playground in Callahan Park when he was shot. The exact circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear. Officials have not said where the boy was hit by gunfire.

People in the park said they are sad about the incident but not shocked that it happened.

"There's nothing we can do about crime, its everywhere and it's not gonna stop," said Monica Vega.

The boy was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital in unknown condition, fire officials said. Fire officials added that he was conscious and breathing at that time.

Witnesses say the park was filled with children a the time of the shooting. Friday was the last day of school for most of the area children.

No further details were immediately available
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