Shot Boy Remains in Intensive Care

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013  |  Updated 9:52 PM CDT
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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.

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.

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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.
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A 6-year-old boy remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit after he was shot and seriously wounded Wednesday evening in the Gage Park neighborhood.

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

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.

"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.

"I feel real sad that this happened right here where he was about to get off and come to my house for tutoring. I can't believe what kind of people would do that," Sirilo said.

Sirilo hopes Fernandez makes a quick recovery.

"He's very happy, always socializing, very happy boy," she said.

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