16-year-old shot blocks from CPD press conference in South Shore

A 16-year-old boy was shot several times Wednesday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood, about six blocks from where Chicago Police officials were conducting a press conference about summer safety measures.

About 12:45 p.m., the teen was outside in the 2100 block of East 71st Street when a minivan pulled up, and someone got out with a gun and opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

The boy, who police said has documented gang ties, was shot in the abdomen and suffered graze wounds to the buttocks and head. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

About 10 minutes before the shooting, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson started a press conference on the department’s summer deployment initiative at the South Shore Country Club at 7059 S. South Shore Dr., just six blocks away.