A 16-year-old boy is dead after being shot in the face while walking on a sidewalk in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood Wednesday morning.
Just after 8 a.m. the boy was walking in the 5000 block of West Ferdinand on the city’s West Side when two men walked up and one pulled out a handgun and shot the boy in the face, according to Chicago Police Officer Jose Estrada.
Police received reports of the shooting soon after, and by the time officers arrived the gunmen had fled, Estrada said. The boy was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Maps show the scene of the crime, at the intersection of North Lavergne Avenue and West Ferdinand Street, is surrounded by five community churches and steps from the neighborhood’s Hubbard Park.
Chicago police said they do not know if the shooting was gang-related and have no suspects in custody.
Area North Detectives is investigating.
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