The teen attempted to get up and run away, but collapsed on 43rd street. EMS rushed the teen to University Medical Center with life threatening injuries, where he underwent surgery on Monday. Folks in the neighborhood say they are not surprised by the shooting and that crime has gone up in their neighborhood over the years.
"It's kind of scary that my kids can't come out and enjoy a good day without some kind of violence happening in this kind of neighborhood", says Mike Rodriguez, who live in the neighborhood. "There have actually been a couple break-ins recently in the last couple of weeks. This house got broken into, I got my weights stolen from back here, there was vandalism back over here, and other houses i don't know what's going on with them, but it's been changing recently", says Andres Guevara
Police are searching for a person of interest in this case. 28-year-old Terrance Essex. He lives in the house where the gun was fired. If you know where Essex is or have any information that may help police, call Crimeline at 741-1000.