A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday night while he and a friend were riding their bikes in the Brighton Park neighborhood, according to the victim's older sister.
Alejandro Jaime was riding his bike with an 11-year-year-old friend when a car struck the boys, causing them to fall from their bikes and run, said his sister, Alejandra Alvarado.
"They got scared and they started running," she said.
At that moment, an occupant of the vehicle got out and fired a shot at Alejandro, his sister said. The boy was shot in the back just before 9 p.m. in the 2600 block of West 37th Place in the Brighton Park neighborhood, police said, citing early reports. His friend got beaten up but got away without further harm, Alvarado said.
Jaime, of the 2900 block of West Pershing Road, was pronounced dead before 10 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Alvarado said she thinks the shooter may have been associated with a gang and perhaps mistook Jaime for someone else. Jaime was not part of a gang and was looking forward to his family's planned move from the Brighton Park neighborhood to the city’s north side in two weeks, she said.
He was also looking forward to his graduation from 8th grade in June, said Jaime's other older sister, Rocio Alvarado.
"Everyone loved him," Rocio Alvarado said, adding that neighborhood kids would come by his house asking to play sports with him. "They would always come looking for him. 'Where's Alex? Where's Alex?' "
A witness told police that the victim and the witness were riding their bikes west on 37th Place when they were surrounded by multiple vehicles, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan, citing preliminary police reports.
The victim and some people from the vehicles got into a physical fight, but after a short time, the people who had gotten out of the vehicles got back in, Sullivan said. The witness heard gunshots, and then found the victim crouched behind a vehicle, unresponsive, Sullivan said.
Police said the investigation was being conducted by Area Central detectives.
In other overnight shootings:
-- At about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, someone stepped from a gangway in the 11600 block of South Peoria Street in the West Pullman neighborhood and opened fire at five people on a porch celebrating a birthday. Three men and two women were wounded and Markham man was found dead near the scene, police said.
Melvin Jacobs, 23, of the 16200 block of South Paulina Avenue in Markham was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. at Advocate Trinity Hospital, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The other men, ages 26, 25 and 32, were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. A 37-year-old woman was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of cook county and the other woman, 35, refused treatment at the scene after suffering a graze wound to her upper back.
-- Just after 8:30 p.m. Friday, a 32-year-old man sitting in a van in the 600 block of East 79th Street in the Chatham neighborhood was shot in his side, police said. He was taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center and his condition was stable, police said.
-- About 9:20 p.m., a woman walked into Weiss Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, police said. She was shot near the intersection of Southport Avenue and Irving Park Road in the Graceland West neighborhood on the North Side, police said.
-- About 10 p.m., a man and two women were wounded in the 5600 block of South Winchester Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said.
A 26-year-old man who was shot in the arm and leg was taken to Stroger hospital in good condition, police said. A 19-year-old woman shot in the abdomen was also taken to Stroger, in serious condition. A 23-year-old woman who was wounded in the arm was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.
-- At about the same time, a 27-year-old man was shot twice in an alley in the 3200 block of North Keeler Avenue in the Kilbourn Park neighborhood by a gunman in a passing vehicle, according to police and the Chicago Fire Department.
The victim, who suffered gunshots to the groin and the arm, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where police said his condition stabilized.
-- At about 11:50 p.m., police said a 20-year-old man was wounded in the arm in the 7900 block of South Drexel Avenue in the East Chatham neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger in stable condition.
No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.
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