Boy, 6, seriously wounded in South Side shooting

Person of interest questioned in shooting of boy, 6

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A person of interest is in police custody in connection with the shooting of a 6-year-old boy Wednesday evening in the Gage Park neighborhood.

The boy was shot in the shoulder while inside a vehicle about 5:40 p.m. near 56th and Mozart, Chicago Police said.

A man in the car later told authorities he had argued with two people on the street who threw bottles at his car, police said. As he was driving away, he heard gunfire.

A short time later, he realized the boy in his car had been shot, police said.

The child was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said.

Police are questioning a person of interest in the shooting, police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.

Steven Hernandez was inside his home when he heard five shots and ran outside. He saw a gray car with a bullet-ridden back-seat window speed off.

He said the block is no stranger to gunshots.

"I don't feel safe with the gangs over here. This is [Latin] Kings area," said Hernandez, 24.

Hernandez said a house across from him has been the target of several shootings.

"You can examine that house. There's bullets all over it. Through the windows bullet holes and by the gutters," Hernandez said.

Police were questioning people inside that home Tuesday evening.

Last summer, someone fired shots on the same block while Hernandez and his family were enjoying an outdoor barbecue.

"My newborn niece was in a stroller, our whole family is out here," Hernandez said. "You got shots fired and you have a little baby in a stroller. It's ridiculous."

His uncle, Cesar Sanchez, said he's upset about the shooting but is used to commotion on the block where he has lived for years.

"It's not right. That shouldn't happen. There's no reason for that to happen," Sanchez said. "We've got idiots that live in the area and that's a part of life."

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