A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed outside his home in the Humboldt Park neighborhood Friday night.
Two male shooters opened fire about 11:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of West Augusta Boulevard, striking the boy multiple times as he stood on his porch, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.
Immediately following the shooting, a car sped down the street in reverse and took off, a neighbor said.
Paramedics found the boy unresponsive and bleeding from several bullet wounds in his chest, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police found blood on the front steps and more than half a dozen shell casings on the sidewalk.
The high school freshman had been talking on a cellphone in front of his home just moments before shots rang out, his stepmother said.
Police sources said the shooting may have been gang-related. Family and friends on the scene, however, said the victim avoided gangs and spent his free time listening to music and riding his bicycle.
The boy would have turned 15 on Tuesday, said his stepmother, whose name - like that of her stepson - the Tribune is withholding pending notification of additional family members.
"Now he's not even going to see his 15th birthday," his tearful stepmother said.
On the sidwalk near the crime scene, the father of one of the boy's friends sobbed as he paced near a group of somber teenagers.
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