A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition Tuesday morning after he was shot up to three times while walking to school in the West Side's Austin neighborhood.
Relatives told the Chicago Tribune that the teen, Daniel Gilmore, and two or three friends stopped at a convenience store and bought chips and juice just before shots rang out in the 5600 block of West Chicago Avenue.
The incident happened about 8 a.m., as Gilmore was walking to Douglass Academy High School, where he is a freshman.
Gilmore was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in critical condition. The Tribune reports:
A construction worker on the scene, who asked not to be named, said he saw the boy being carried into an ambulance. "He looked lifeless," the worker said.
At the boy's house, an uncle, Harry Gilmore, said Daniel was the eldest of four brothers and a sister, and loved to dance and play basketball in the backyard.
"Right now I'm just hoping for the best," he said...
Police had one person in custody Tuesday morning, but a motive in the incident remains a mystery. Though gang violence is common in the area, police have not indicated that the incident was gang-related.
Watch a cashier from the convenience store discuss the shooting: