CHICAGO - Authorities are reporting two teenagers are in critical condition after a drug deal gone wrong early this afternoon.
The incident happened around 1:21 p.m. this afternoon in the 2300 block of South Sawyer Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood on the city's southwest side.
Police said the teenagers were making a "narcotics related transaction" inside a vehicle when two currently unknown suspects pulled out handguns and fired shots.
Victim #1 is a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
The second victim is a 17-year-old boy who was struck in the neck and self-transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital, police said. He was later transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition and reportedly had been hit in more than just the neck but police did not confirm those wounds.
Both victims are reportedly hispanic males.
Area Four detectives are investigating.
The Little Village neighborhood has experienced a recent surge in violence, particularly among young people.
Just last week, 16-year-old Emilio Corripio and 27-year-old Xavier Guzman were charged with the murder of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega.
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Press, Associated. “No Bail for Suspects in Death of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, January 27, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/no-bail-for-suspects-in-death-of-8-year-old-melissa-ortega/. ↩︎
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