A 14-year-old boy was in critical condition early Saturday after being hit by a stray bullet near his South Side home.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Deonta Brown was standing on a block near his home in the 7700 block of South Kingston when two men began arguing nearby and shots rang out. The eighth-grader and football player at Bradwell Elementary School was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Brown was waiting for football practice at the time of the shooting.
"He’s an average 14-year-old kid who loves sports,” the boy's coach told the Sun-Times. “He’s just a talented kid. ... He was there at every practice.”
As Brown fights for his life at Comer Children’s Hospital, police are investigating at least 22 other shootings citywide that left three people dead in just 13 hours.
About 9:30 p.m. Friday, a 20-year-old man accidentally shot a 15-year-old boy in the 7900 block of South Christiana Avenue, police told CBS Chicago. The boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in fair condition.
Just 20 minutes later in the 3200 block of Cermak Road, a 16-and 17-year-old boy sitting in a minivan were shot by someone in a passing vehicle, CBS reports. Both survived the attack.
About 1:20 a.m. in the 3900 block of North Ashland Avenue, a 29-year-old man was fatally shot, possibly by a gunman in a passing vehicle. NBC Chicago identified the victim as Louis Cotto. Another man was fatally shot about 4 a.m. in the 400 block of South Pulaski Road. Two women were shot, one fatally, about 4:45 a.m. in the 2300 block of North Harding Avenue in Logan Square, NBC Chicago reports. Further details were not immediately available.
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