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Updated: September 21, 2013 6:10AM



Chicago police were questioning a so-called person of interest Monday, one day after 7-year-old boy was shot and injured on the city’s West Side.

Authorities provided few details, but relatives said the injured boy, Tyvion Jackson, was recovering from the shooting at his home Monday — afraid to be inside, but more afraid still to go outside.

“He’s OK,” Tyvion’s mother, Tasha McDuffie, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s mentally shook up.”

Tyvion was shot while he and his mother were returning to their home in West Garfield Park about 9 p.m. Sunday, said police, who were talking to a person of interest Monday afternoon.

A group of men standing on a street corner exchanged words with another group sitting in a car parked near Tyvion’s house on West Fifth Avenue, police said. The argument escalated, and one of the men on the street corner pulled out a gun and began shooting, police said.

In a scene that’s become all too common on the city’s streets, a stray bullet struck Tyvion in the arm. Tyvion was dragging his bike through the front door as the shots came.

“He lifted his arm and showed me that he’d been shot,” McDuffie said.

An ambulance took Tyvion to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where a swarm of relatives quickly learned that he was going to be OK.

Tyvion was at home sleeping Monday morning.

“He really don’t understand why he got shot,” his mother said, adding, “We talked about how he won’t be able to ride his bike outside. He probably will be inside for a while.”

Tyvion’s aunt, who didn’t want to be named, said: “This is too much. . . . Too many innocent kids shot for no reason.”

The boy’s grandmother said: “Just get the bastard who shot him.”

Contributing: Allison Horton and Jordan Owen

Email: mdudek@suntimes.com

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