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14-year-old boy fatally shot in Austin

Police investigate the shooting of a 14-year-old boy in the North Austin neighborhood on Sunday morning. | Matthew Hendrickson/Sun-Times

A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot early Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

Malik Causey was standing at the corner of North and Luna avenues about 5 a.m. when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Malik was shot in the head and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 5:33 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 1300 block of West Menard.

A police source said he was a documented gang member.

A few people stood outside the crime tape watching investigators work early Sunday, but said they didn’t hear or see anything. One young man just starred vacantly into the taped off area and walked away when he was asked if he knew the boy. Evidence markers placed in the westbound lanes of North Avenue showed at least four shots were fired.

When the scene was processed, detectives headed into the building behind where the boy was shot to hunt for security camera footage. Other officers removed the crime scene tape and got in their SUVs and drove away.

The blood was left where it lay as early morning risers began to walk the sidewalks.

Police investigate the shooting of a 14-year-old boy in the North Austin neighborhood on Sunday morning. | Matthew Hendrickson/Sun-Times
Police investigate the shooting of a 14-year-old boy in the North Austin neighborhood on Sunday morning. | Matthew Hendrickson/Sun-Times