Chicago Sun-Times - - CHICAGO SUN TIMES - BY EM­MANUEL CAMARILLO AND NADER ISSA Em­manuel Camarillo is a CST Wire Re­porter. Nader Issa is a Sun-Times Staff Re­porter.

A 9-year-old boy was killed in a shoot­ing Fri­day near the for­mer Cabrini-Green hous­ing projects on the Near North Side, Chicago po­lice said.

About 6 p.m., the boy was in the 900 block of North Cam­bridge Av­enue when he suf­fered a gun­shot wound to the chest, po­lice said.

He was taken to Lurie Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead an hour later, po­lice said.

In a news con­fer­ence out­side the hos­pi­tal, CPD Chief of Op­er­a­tions Brian McDermott said “an un­known of­fender ap­proached on foot and fired sev­eral rounds” in the di­rec­tion of the 9-year-old and other by­standers.

McDermott said the boy “was an un­in­tended tar­get, and we don’t know who the in­tended tar­get was.”

He be­lieved the boy, who he said lived in the area, was play­ing in a park­ing lot at the time he was shot. No one else was struck, though sev­eral rounds were fired, McDermott said.

“I’d like to of­fer my sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the vic­tim,” McDermott said. “Any­time a child is the vic­tim of gun vi­o­lence in the city of Chicago . . . it af­fects us all.”

No ar­rests have been re­ported. Area Three de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The shoot­ing is the sec­ond of a child in as many days in Chicago. On Thurs­day night, an 8-year-old boy was among two peo­ple shot in Alt­geld Gar­dens on the Far South Side.


Chicago po­lice in­ves­ti­gate where a 9-year-old boy was shot and killed in the area of the 900 block of North Cam­bridge near the for­mer Cabrini-Green hous­ing site.

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