CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago seventh-grader featured in an anti-violence campaign has been shot in the back by a stray bullet outside his home.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports 13-year-old Zarriel Trotter was listed in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital after the Friday night shooting.
A public service announcement filmed at his school on the city’s west side features the teen describing the effect of everyday violence in a neighborhood where “people keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed.”
Police say the shooting occurred while two groups were fighting down the street from Zarriel’s home. No arrests have been made.
The newspaper reports that 70 other people have been shot in the city’s Austin neighborhood this year.