16-year-old shot on Red Line near Chinatown

The Cermak-Chinatown Red Line platform | Pi.1415926535 Wikicommons

Update 5:35 p.m. — Chicago police now say that the man they took into custody shortly after the shooting is not the gunman. CPD has released video of the shooter, who remains at large.


Chicago — A suspect is in custody after a 16-year-old boy was shot in the head while riding a Red Line train near Cermak-Chinatown overnight, Chicago police said.

The boy was riding a southbound train when the gunman shot him around 2:05 a.m. Police said the victim could not provide any other information about what happened. Officers found a shell casing and blood on the train car.

Witnesses provided police with a description of the gunman. Officers searched the area and found a gun near the entrance to Ping Tom Memorial Park at 19th and Wells, according to a source. Moments later, they arrested a man who matched the suspect’s description nearby.

Police said the victim was taken to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to his ear and eye.

Charges are pending against the suspect as Area One detectives continue their investigation, CPD said in a media statement.

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