Cops: 6-year-old girl was shot after teen had dispute over basketball bet
(Tribune illustration / March 16, 2012)
The boy was charged today as an adult with aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting about 7:10 p.m. Thursday near a playlot in the 13200 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, police said in a news release. Police did not release the boy’s name because he is a juvenile.
The girl, who police had previously said was 7 years old, suffered a graze wound to the right thigh, police said. She was treated at MetroSouth Medical Center.
The boy was playing basketball with a group of other boys when they got into a dispute over a wager, police said. The boy took out a pistol and began shooting, apparently missing his intended target but striking the girl.
Court information for the boy was not available from police or prosecutors this afternoon.