Three 13- and 14-Year-Olds Injured in South Austin Shooting

Chicago reported two shootings on Sunday, March 4. Three teens were injured in an incident that occurred in the West Side neighborhood of South Austin. A little more than 12 hours earlier, a man was found fatally shot on the Far South Side of Chicago. We have details on the South Austin shootings here.

West Side Shooting Injures Three

A 14-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy, and a 13-year-old girl were shot at in South Austin on Sunday evening. According to police, the teens were standing on a sidewalk on the 4900 block of West Rice Street on the West Side of Chicago when gunshots rang out.

Police initially released a statement stating that the 14-year-old girl’s age was 26. It also mistakenly reported that the shooting took place a block farther east. The information was later corrected.

The three victims told investigators that they heard the sound of gunshots when they were standing on the sidewalk. They then felt the pain of the bullets hitting them.

The eldest girl suffered a gunshot wound to her upper right thigh. The boy was hit in the left ankle. The younger girl was shot in the upper leg.

All of the victims are being treated in Stroger Hospital; they are in stable condition. 

At this time, no suspect has been taken into custody while police still investigate the incident. So far, authorities haven’t determined details such as motive behind the shooting.

It’s also not known if the incident is related to another shooting on the Far South Side of Chicago. Arthur “AJ” Smith, 38, was found fatally shot in a vehicle early Sunday morning. He was visiting from Iowa. 

Smith’s father said that his son moved to Iowa to escape violence in Chicago. Police confirmed that he was found dead in the Golden Gate neighborhood.

Both incidents are being investigated.


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