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Teen shot near PUSH headquarters on South Side

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Updated: June 28, 2014 3:31AM

A teenage boy was shot Friday evening near Rainbow/PUSH headquarters in the Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side, officials said.

The 17-year-old was walking about 7:35 p.m. in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard when a minivan drove up and someone inside fired shots, striking the teen in the back, police said.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he was conducting a town hall meeting on education when he was told of the shooting outside.

“I rushed out, the police had come, they had put him on a stretcher,” Jackson said.

Jackson tried to comfort teens who were emotionally distressed.

“It hurts to see so many young children traumatized and scared and crying and holding onto me,” Jackson told the Sun-Times.

Jackson said paramedics worked on the wounded teen for about 20 minutes and they then took him to Stroger Hospital. Jackson also went to the hospital.

“The tragedy is, they could’ve used the University of Chicago hospital just around the corner,” Jackson said. “But it’s not a trauma level hospital.”

Jackson, the founder of PUSH, said he has been protesting the lack of a trauma center hospital in the area for some time.

Jackson said he saw no link between the shooting and Friday’s kick-off event for PUSH’s annual convention.

“It’s also [blocks] from the president’s house, you can’t read anything into that,” he said.

The teen was in critical condition early Saturday morning, officials said.

A police source said the boy is a documented gang member.

The shooting happened during a five-hour period Friday night in which four others were shot on the South Side, including another 17-year-old boy.

Contributing: Mitchell Armentrout

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