Person Questioned in Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

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    The mother of the child shooting victim enters the hospital.

    Police were questioning a person Thursday night in connection to the shooting of a 6-year-old boy in the Gage Park neighborhood Wednesday, officials told NBC Chicago.

    Brian Fernandez was shot in the shoulder about 5:40 p.m. near 56th and Mozart, Chicago Police said.

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    6-year-old Brian Fernandez was shot in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood Wednesday night. He was riding in the backseat of a car when someone opened fire, hitting him in the chest. Police say it appears to be random.

    The Chicago Tribune reports that officials were also seeking a second suspect in connection with the shooting.

    The boy's tutor, Blanca Sirilo, told NBC 5 that the boy was inside the car with his older brothers when the shots rang out. The bullet hit him in the front of his shoulder and exited through his back.

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    The boy, who is thought to be 5 or 6 years old, was shot in the shoulder about 5:40 p.m. near 56th and Mozart, Chicago Police said.

    "All I saw was the car shot, and then they told me that they had hit one of the boys," Sirilo said. "He's still in intensive care, the doctors told us he is stable but he still needs to remain in intensive care for children."

    Fernandez was on his way to a tutoring session with Sirilo when the shooting occurred. He was in the back seat with his 7-year-old brother, and his 19-year-old brother was driving. Police say the driver got into an argument with someone, which sparked the shooting.