A 14-year-old boy is recovering after being shot in the leg in Lakeview overnight, Chicago police said. The shooting occurred in an area where several “shots fired” incidents have been reported recently, including one at almost exactly the same time the boy was injured.
According to CPD, the boy was outside when someone shot him in the 4300 block of North Ashland around 1:40 a.m. EMS took him to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition. Police said in a media statement that he was “unable to provide further details of the incident.”
Police received a series of 911 calls about gunfire three blocks away at the intersection of Irving Park and Ashland around the same time the boy was shot. Officers discovered shell casings at the intersection, and a woman driving nearby reported that bullets hit her car.
Cops initially concluded that the boy’s shooting was not related to the shots fired incident.
CPD has responded to a series of similar calls at Ashland and Irving since August, and officers have frequently found evidence of gunfire either on video or at the scene.
On September 2, police found five shell casings after shots were fired around 1:35 a.m. outside Lakeview High School in the 4000 block of North Ashland.
Four days earlier, on August 29, officers found shell casings in an alley directly across from Lakeview High School after 911 callers reported shots fired.
Shots fired were also confirmed at Irving and Ashland around 5 a.m. on August 15.
On September 23, someone fired shots from a white SUV and looped through a gas station at Addison and Ashland around 11 p.m.
The string of incidents began around 1:15 p.m. on August 8. In that case, witnesses reported seeing people shooting at each other in the 3700 block of North Ashland. Police found casings and damage to a building, but no injuries were reported.