Chicago teen boy accidentally shoots a friend and then try to run away, police say



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Two 14-year-old Chicago boys who “hang out” ended up with bullet wounds in the arm, the other in the leg on the city’s South side, police said.

The two boys, described as friends, were in the 5200 block of South Morgan Street Monday evening when one of them pulled out a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson.

The teenager with the gun allegedly said, “Give me your phone” to the other boy, to which he replied “stop playing,” the Chicago Tribune reported.


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The teenager with the gun “you tried to rack the slide” and the gun went off, hitting his friend in the arm, police said.

The teen ran off — but accidentally shot himself in the leg a few houses away.

Both boys were taken in good condition to comer Children’s Hospital.

it is unclear how the teen got the gun.

The police said responding officers recovered the gun, which was thrown in the snow. The costs will be requested.

The boys were among at least five people were killed in the South side of Chicago, between Monday morning and early Tuesday, the Tribune reported.

A pizza delivery driver, 58, was shot after the person who ordered the food, tried to pay with fraudulent money. A 46-year-old man was shot in an attempted robbery.

Both men were taken to a nearby hospital in good condition.

A 28-year-old man was shot at least three times – in the head, chest and elsewhere on the body. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition.

The city of Chicago has one of the highest gun violence and the death of the totals in the nation. Earlier this year, the police department released statistics on the number of murders decreased from 771 in 2016 to 650 last year. The number of shootings dropped from 3,550 to 2,785 during the same period.

Despite the decline, in a repetition of 2016, the murders still eclipsed by the number of murders in New York City and Los Angeles combined.

The Tribune reported 249 people have been shot this year – which is 155 less than in 2017 over the same period.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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