Boy, 11, Shot While Looking for Snakes

Tyshaun Grant is in stable condition at University of Chicago Comer’s Children’s Hospital

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 9:15 PM CDT
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Boy, 11, Shot While Looking for Snakes

Tyshaun Grant

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An 11-year-old boy out playing with his younger brother and three friends was shot Tuesday afternoon on the city's south side.

Tyshaun Grant was in stable condition at University of Chicago Comer’s Children’s Hospital following the shooting near West 59th Street and South Stewart Avenue about 4 p.m.

"He's just a typical child, just playing on a nice day, having fun and he ends up getting shot," said the boy's grandmother, Patricia Island. "I just can't understand why someone would do anything like this. He ain't nothing but an 11-year-old child."

Community activist Andrew Holmes said the boys were looking for snakes near the railroad tracks when two men in bandanas walked up and shot the child. Holmes said he was told by the boy's family the child was shot in the chest.

Island said her grandson was not affiliated with the wrong people.

"He's not in no gang, so this was not gang related," she said.

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