A 14-year-old boy died after it appears he was shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex in suburban Rosemont Friday night.
The Rosemont 911 Center received a call about a disturbance in the 10400 block of Carol Court on Friday at about 8:55 p.m. Several 911 calls followed reporting the sound of gunshots in the area.
When Rosemont Public Safety Patrol units arrived on the scene, they found the teen lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
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Police have not confirmed the victim died from gunshot wounds, but Raul Menchata, a witness and resident of the apartment complex, said he heard four gunshots.
The victim is identified as Patrick Boswell, of the 1600 block of Morse Avenue in Des Plaines, according to Rosemont police. Boswell was an eighth grade student at Iroquois Community School in Des Plaines.
Residents of the apartment complex where Boswell was found said it was not uncommon to see the boy skateboarding in the area.
"During this terrible loss, please keep the Iroquois families and staff and the Des Plaines community in your toughts and prayers," Mindy Ward, the director of communtiy relations in District 62, said in a statement. "We are a strong and determined community. Supporting each other is very important now and in the future."
Counselors will be available at the school and across the district for students and staff, Ward said.
"It's just sad to see it," Emmanuele Asccencio, a close friend of Boswell's, said. "He was a good kid, a lovely person. He was really nice, always had a smile on his face."
Rosemont detectives and the Major Case Assistance Team are continuing the investigation.