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A juvenile was shot 1200 block East 71st. Street. He was transported Comer Children's Hospital critical condition. Wednesday August 20

A juvenile was shot in the 1200 block of East 71st. Street. He was transported to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

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Updated: August 21, 2014 2:36PM

A 9-year-old boy was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of an apartment building in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.

Police responding to a call of shots fired in the 1200 block of East 71st Street about 4:05 p.m. found the boy shot multiple times in the backyard, police said.

He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the death but did not have further details Wednesday night.


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