Chicago shooting; Boy, 6, critically injured when shot in West Woodlawn apartment: CPD

ByCate Cauguiran and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Thursday, August 18, 2022
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A 6-year-old boy was critically injured when he was shot in the back in an apartment in West Woodlawn, Chicago police said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police said a 6-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in a West Woodlawn home.

CPD said the boy was in an apartment in the 6100-block of South Vernon Avenue at about 2:19 p.m. when he was shot in the back.

Police said there were at least four children in the apartment at the time of the shooting, as well as one adult. The shooting is being investigated as a possible accident, and one person is being questioned. Officers at the scene could not confirm if the adult in the apartment is the person being questioned.

It's unclear what caused the shooting or if the children had access to the gun. Police have not yet said if a weapon was recovered.

The boy was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition.

An investigation by Area One detectives is ongoing. No one is currently in custody.