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Boy, 13, Shot Three Times Wednesday Night

Boy was talking to a friend on his front porch when shots rang out



    Boy, 13, Shot Three Times Wednesday Night
    Chicago Sun-Times
    Rony Monzon

    A 13-year-old boy was shot in the chest, arm and hip Wednesday evening on the Southwest Side while sitting on his porch and talking to a friend.

    Rony Monzon and Deneysi Valdovinos were sitting on the front porch of a Brighton Park two-flat shared by their families, when a gunman from a neighbor's gangway took shots at them.

    "He was real lucky because one of the bullets passed close by the heart," said the boy's father, Rony Monzon Sr. "I believe this was a confusion because my son never been in a streets."

    Valdovinos told the Chicago Tribune that Monzon stood in front of her when the gunman began firing and took the shots, and added that she isn't sure why anyone would take shots at her or Monzon.

    The teen was expected to return home Thursday evening.

    Police said there is active gang activity in the area.

    Monzon, who was immediately taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, is one of eight people, including five teenagers, who was shot around the city overnight.

    Monzon is one of several children who have recently become victims of shootings.

    Two girls, ages 12 and 14, were shot Tuesday night while walking on West 117th Street near Cooper Park. The 12-year-old was shot twice in the stomach, and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition.

    Seven-year-old Heaven Sutton died two weeks to the day before Monzon's shooting, after being shot on the West Side. Sutton was selling candy with her mom on the evening of June 27, when two men began firing shots.