Young man shot near Liberty Square
A 15-year-old riding his bicycle in Model City was shot and critically wounded Sunday evening.
According to witnesses, the teen was shot multiple times and managed to get off his bicycle and stagger about half a block before collapsing. Police believe the shooter was in a car when the weapon was fired.
Officials swarmed the neighborhood Sunday night - the 1000 block of Northwest 47th Terrace - and blocked off the crime scene with yellow police tape. Neon cones marked the spot where he collapsed near a black SUV.
The victim, who is male, had still not been identified by Monday morning. He was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remained in critical condition. By Monday police had released very little information on the teen.
The shooter or shooters have not been captured. .
Erwin Meraz, who owns the SUV where the teen collapsed, said he was shopping for groceries at the time of the shooting.
"I wasn't home when it happened, was shopping for the week," Meraz, 50, said. "A friend who was coming to visit me called me and told me that she thinks a kid was shot and killed in front of my house; that there was blood and lots of police nearby."
Police said neighbors in the area tried to help the young man as he was bleeding on the street.