Two more young lives ruined by senseless violence.
A boy was being questioned by police tonight in connection with the shooting this afternoon of another youth who was walking out of a South Side elementary school, police sources said.
No charges have been filed against the boy in custody, authorities said. They said police were looking into whether that boy had previously made threats against the victim on Facebook.
The shooting took place at about 2:45 p.m. at Cook Elementary School, 8150 S. Bishop St. The victim, a 12-year-old boy, was shot in the back and rushed to a hospital in serious condition, police said.
A source said the boy suspected in the shooting formerly attended the school. Witnesses told police he approached a crowd in front of the building and fired a gun four times.
Chicago Police Cmdr. Eddie Johnson said at the scene this afternoon that though there were other students in the area, they believe that the victim was targeted.
Authorities said the victim and shooter had gang ties and had an adversarial relationship with one another.
After he was shot, the victim was able to get back into the school to seek help. The victim is a 7th-grade student at Cook, according to Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Monique Bond.
SMH at Facebook threats and gang ties in elementary school. Parents: take the wheel.