Man, 18, wounded after stray bullet enters bedroom of NW Side home

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A family is shaken after a stray bullet entered their home on Chicago's Northwest Side and hit a teenager in his bedroom Tuesday night.

Christian Villegas, 18, was wounded inside his bedroom in 5200 block of West Schubert Avenue.

The gunshots came from outside the home in the Cragin neighborhood, beginning Tuesday at around 9:30 p.m. Some bullets went through a bedroom window, and one struck the teen in his back.

"I was downstairs watching TV. My mother was upstairs watching TV too and my little brother already sleeping and all we hear is just gunshots and hear my mom saying, 'Throw yourself on the floor,'" said Velveth Culajay, the victim's sister.

Culajay said all she could hear was her "little brother saying, 'I got hit. I got hit.'"

She said her brother kept calm and tried to reassure their mother.

"He looked at my mom and said, 'I'm OK.' My mom's screaming. He was like, 'Mom, relax.' She said, 'You got hit.' He said, 'I know, but I'm OK. Let me sit down. Let's grab shirt and go to the hospital,'" Culajay said.

The high school student was taken by an ambulance to Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He remains in the hospital and the bullet is still lodged in his body.

Culajay said her brother "is doing OK right now."

Police tried to gather more information about the shooting on Wednesday, but officers don't believe Villegas was the target.

Culajay said her family is concerned about their safety.

"I am worried and I am scared," she said. "There is a lot of violence around here. It's a lot of kids walking with guns and shooting each other."

No one is in custody at this time.
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