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14-Year-Old Boy Shot In Head While On The Way Home From Homecoming Dance In Albany Park

Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting that left a boy hospitalized in critical condition.

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ALBANY PARK — Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting that left a boy hospitalized in critical condition after his school’s homecoming dance.

About 10:30 p.m., witnesses told police they saw a dark-colored Honda following another car in the 4800 block of North Central Park Avenue. Someone in the Honda fired a gun at the rear window of the other car.

A 14-year-old boy in that car was hit in his head and taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave.

The boy was last listed in critical condition.

“I am heartbroken,” Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd) said in a statement.

The boy is a student at Von Steuben High School, 5039 N. Kimball Ave., and was being picked up by his mother after the school’s Homecoming dance, Rodriguez said.

No one is in custody and Area North detectives are investigating. Anyone with information should call detectives at 312-744-8261.

Rodriguez said police were also investigating a report of shots being fired about 10 p.m. Thursday at Troy and Grace streets in the nearby Irving Park neighborhood. No one was wounded.

On Wednesday, Irving Park neighbors rallied to “take back” their neighborhood amid a rash of gang war shootings and graffiti.