Boy, 16, walks into Walgreens after critically wounded

A 16-year-old boy stumbled into a Walgreens for help after he was shot and critically wounded in the East Side neighborhood, authorities said.

The boy was shot in the lower back in the 3600 block of East 106th Street about 5 p.m. Monday and walked to a Walgreens nearby, police and fire officials said.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccalva said. Police said the boy's condition was stabilized at the hospital.

A resident of the neighborhood said his 13-year-old daughter told him she saw a man in a black sweater fire two or three shots, then run into an alley nearby. The girl did not see the shooter's face or who he was shooting at, and immediately went to the back of the family home, her father said.

“She knows not to stay in front of the house,” he said.  “I told her when. . .you hear something, just go to the kitchen.”

The man said violent crime is not uncommon in the East Side neighborhood. “This is nothing new. This happens a lot of times in this neighborhood,” he said.  

He said he feels grateful that he stopped to talk to a friend for five minutes while on his way home from the medical clinic. “I’m glad my friend stopped and talked to me,” he said.” I’m lucky.”

A woman, 44, was working inside a medical clinic near the intersection of 105th street and Ewing Avenue around 4:45 p.m. when she and her colleagues heard three gun shots fired.

“We just heard gunshots,” the woman said. “We locked the door and closed the blinds,” she said. “There is no telling what could happen.”

Later, around 5:15 p.m., after the clinic closed, she saw police cars outside near the store, she said. The woman said there are a number of merchants in the area, including a Walgreens, a pizza place and currency exchange.

Later, about 6:30 p.m., a 31-year-old man was shot in the 2600 block of South Kolin Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood, News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

Police said a male shooter approached on foot and shouted gang slogans before firing a gun. The shooter fled in a dark-colored van, police said.

The man was taken with a gunshot wound to the buttocks to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

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