12-year-old boy in serious condition after being shot inside South Side home

A 12-year-old boy is in serious condition after being shot in the chest inside a residence on the South Side.

At about 6:55 p.m., the victim was shot in the 3500 block of South Rhodes. 


He was transported to Comer Children's Hospital.

No offenders are in custody. Area detectives are investigating. 

Family members gathered outside Comer declined to comment or provide information about the boy who was shot.

Community activist Andrew Holmes told the Chicago Sun-Times that his condition was stabilized but he was still "fighting for his life." Holmes said it’s unclear whether the boy was intentionally shot or wounded in an accidental discharge, as one person at the scene claimed.

"We’re just praying for his healing and his recovery, and that the detectives work the streets to find out who the shooter was," said Holmes. "We’ve got a lot of upset family members [and] upset friends, and we don’t want this to turn into a retaliation, but we’re pitching and pleading for the individual to turn yourself in."

The shooting happened at the T.K. Lawless Gardens, a low-income housing complex that also houses the offices of Ald. Sophia King (4th) and state Rep. Kam Buckner.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report