Teen shot while trying to rob man, 60, in Chicago Lawn: police

The teen and two other people came up to the victim at 66th and Mozart streets and placed a gun to the man’s back Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

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A teenage boy was shot and critically wounded while trying to rob a 60-year-old man Thursday afternoon in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, authorities said.

The teen and two other people came up to the victim at 66th and Mozart streets and placed a gun to the man’s back at 3:50 p.m., Chicago police said.

Someone opened fire and struck the teen in the back of the head and armpit, police said.

The boy, around 16 years old, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.

CBS Chicago reported that the target of the robbery was a retired Cook County sheriff’s deputy who opened fire and struck the boy.

Chicago police spokespeople could not clarify Friday morning if the teen was shot by an accomplice or the robbery victim.

Police responded and arrested the two other alleged robbers. No charges have been filed.

It was the second shooting in Chicago Lawn in a day.

Hours later, Friday morning, a man was shot on the western side of the neighborhood, police said. The man, 23, was standing outside in the 3400 block of West 63rd Street when someone opened fire from a passing black SUV around 7:50 a.m., police said.

He was truck in the hip and arm and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious but stable condition, police said.

The shooting happened in the 8th police district, which has seen seven murders and 41 shootings this year through Sunday, according to police statistics.

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