ROGERS PARK — A 17-year-old died from his injuries after being shot near the Morse Red Line station in Rogers Park Thursday afternoon, police said.
The victim was shot in his torso near the 6900 block of North Glenwood Avenue around 2:15 p.m., police said. He was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in critical condition, but soon after was pronounced dead, police said.
Tanson Harris, 33, is a home care aid and a Certified Nursing Assistant. He said he was the first person on the scene after the shooting.
Harris said he was at a client’s home when he heard six gunshots from their second story window.
“Without thinking I ran downstairs and saw the victim bleeding out,” he said.
Harris, who has some medical training, checked for a pulse and said he noticed at least three gunshot wounds in the victim’s torso.
Minutes later, the victim’s sister arrived and was screaming for help, asking if her brother was okay. Harris said first responders arrived at the scene “within less than five minutes.”
“He was not conscious,” he said.
When first responders arrived, Harris said they performed CPR on the victim. Harris said he gave police a statement while the victim was taken to the hospital, where police said he died from his injuries.
The shooting was the second in the neighborhood this week.
On Tuesday night, two teen boys were shot in the 7300 block of North Rogers Avenue. Both survived the incident.
Shortly after the Thursday shooting, Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) issued a statement calling this week’s gun violence “difficult and scary.”
“I don’t have many updates to share here yet, but want to make sure folks know I’m paying attention,” Hadden wrote on Facebook. “I was on my way back to the office from City Hall when the shooting happened and my staff contacted me immediately. Like many of you, they were close to the shooting when it occurred.”
Hadden said she spoke to neighbors and business owners on the scene, and spoke to Cmdr. Michelle Rubino of the 24th District.
“My team and I are planning a community meeting to address our community safety issues that we’re scheduling within the next two weeks,” she added. “I’m glad no one else was wounded and please check in on your neighbors.”
Police did not have a description of the shooter or further details about the incident as of Thursday evening, only that the teen was standing outside when an “unknown male” approached on foot and opened fire.
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