14-year-old boy hurt in West Woodlawn shooting

The teen boy was grazed in the neck about 6:45 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Champlain Avenue.

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Chicago police work the scene where a 14-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting in the 6500 block of South Champlain Ave, in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Chicago police work the scene where a 14-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting in the 6500 block of South Champlain Ave, in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A 14-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting Saturday in West Woodlawn.

The teen boy was playing with his friends on the sidewalk about 6:45 p.m. when someone opened fire in the 6500 block of South Champlain Avenue, Chicago police said.

Chicago police work the scene where a 14-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting in the 6500 block of South Champlain Ave, in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Chicago police work the scene where a 14-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting in the 6500 block of South Champlain Ave, in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

He suffered a graze wound on the neck and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition is stable, police said.

Pastor Donovan Price, founder and executive director of Solutions and Resources|Street Pastors, joined the teen’s family at the hospital and spoke with them.

Despite his parents “doing everything they could” to keep him safe, Price said the teen still got caught in the crossfire. Price said the boy was an honor student who recently graduated from University of Chicago Charter School.

“His parents talked about how strict they are on him and how he usually can not go certain places ... and doing everything they could,” Price said. “Unfortunately this kid still ends up in surgery with his mom at his side, trying to live.”

Area One detectives are investigating.

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