EDGEWATER — A 17-year-old boy was shot and wounded Wednesday afternoon in front of an Edgewater CVS, police said.
The shooting happened 12:50 p.m. in the 6100 block of North Broadway, police said. The boy was in a parking lot when a group of people came up to him, and one of them took out a gun and fired shots, police said.
The boy was hit in his back and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in good condition.
No one was in custody. An investigation was ongoing.
Police had the store and the parking lot blocked off around 4 p.m. while detectives investigated the scene. At least 11 yellow evidence markers could be seen on the ground near a car in the lot. More evidence markers were placed next to personal items just inside the entrance, including a pair of headphones and earbuds.
Security footage showed the shooting and the victim has so far declined to talk to police about what happened, an officer at the scene said. Employees declined to comment.
Police cleared the crime scene around 4:30 p.m. and the store remained open.
An employee at a nearby restaurant said they heard the gunshots around 1 p.m. and called police.
After the shooting, a “skinny guy” got into a red four-door car that pulled into the CVS parking lot, the employee said. The red car then left the area heading west, the employee said.
“I haven’t seen a shooting like this before, in broad daylight here. When I heard the shots I told the other person here to get down,” the employee said.
The wounded teen fled to Walgreens at 6121 N. Broadway seeking help, an employee said. The store had police tape blocking its main entrance and a sign that said it was closed due to an emergency. Customers who were going to shop were being turned away. It wasn’t clear how long the store would remain closed.