A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized after being accidentally shot while handling a gun with another boy in the Little Village neighborhood Saturday afternoon, police said Sunday morning.
The boy was one of at least nine people shot during six separate incidents Saturday and Sunday, including two people who died, and a man shot while in a minivan on the Eisenhower Expressway.
The 12-year-old was with another juvenile handling a gun they found inside a residence in the 2800 block of West 23rd Street about 3 p.m. Saturday when the gun accidentally discharged and the 12-year-old was shot in the arms, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said this morning.
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"It was an accidental shooting,'' Alfaro said.
A 16-year-old boy, who was not with the boys at the time, was charged as a juvenile with misdemeanor reckless conduct for bringing the gun into the residence, Alfaro said.
Alfaro said the boy's condition remains "stable'' this morning. Police initially said the boy was 14 years old.
The victim's great-aunt, Anna Enriquez, 58, said the family had been at Harrison Park earlier in the day for the boy's baseball practice. When they got home, the boy, who they call J.J., showered and went across the street to play with friends, Enriquez said.
About two hours later, Enriquez and the boy's grandmother were outside playing with the boy's younger brother when they were alerted that J.J. had been shot across the street, Enriquez said.
When Enriquez and her sister, the boy's grandmother, ran across the street, they saw J.J. on the ground in the gangway behind a house.
"He was laying down screaming," she said. "I saw blood on the back of his neck and all over his clothes."
J.J., who lives on the block with his grandparents, was shot once in each arm, Alfaro said. Enriquez said she was told that his condition had stabilized.
Several other shootings occurred later Saturday and early Sunday morning that wounded eight other people -- two of whom died.
In the first homicide, the victim and two others were hurt in a shooting shortly after 9 p.m. at a park in the 6800 block of South Lowe Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood, according to Alfaro.
Paramedics responded to the Ryan Harris Memorial Park at 6781 S. Lowe Ave., according to Chicago Fire Department.
The victims were standing with a large group of family members at the park at 9:10 p.m. when someone fired shots in their direction and hit the 30-year-old woman in the head, according to police and her family.
The woman, Shaneda Lawrence, 30, of the 9600 block of South Peoria Street was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Another woman, 27, was shot in the left wrist and was initially treated at Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center but was transferred to Stroger, where her condition has stabilized, said Alfaro.
The third victim, a 37-year-old man, was shot in the back, and his condition has also stabilized at Saint Bernard, said Alfaro.
A description of the shooter or shooters, who were possibly on foot, was not available and no arrest have been made, according to Alfaro, who said Area South detectives are investigating.
Joseph Newman, of St. Louis, said he was a first cousin to Lawrence, whom he called a "beautiful spirit."