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Boy, 6, critically wounded in West Woodlawn shooting

Boy, 6, shot in back in West Woodlawn
Boy, 6, shot in back in West Woodlawn 01:39

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A 6-year-old boy was shot Wednesday afternoon in West Woodlawn.

Police said the boy was inside an apartment in the 6100 block of South Vernon Avenue around 2:20 p.m., when someone shot him in the back.

The boy was taken to University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition.

Police did not say who fired the shots. It is believed the bullets came from inside the home, but it's still not clear whether the shooting was intentional or accidental.

Though the circumstances are still under investigation, CBS 2 has learned four kids were home at the time. The 6-year-old and the other three children were being watched by his uncle.

A family member took the little boy and all of the other kids to the hospital after he was shot.

6-year-old boy shot, critically wounded in West Woodlawn 01:43

Longtime neighbors said the area is no stranger to gun violence, especially lately.

"I've been hearing so much shooting that it don't faze me no more," Charlotte Woodall said. "I can be sitting in my living room, all of a sudden I hear shooting right in front of my building, like a drive-by, and I say, 'Oh, let me duck.' Next thing I know, I gotta duck and hit the floor." 

Police said no weapon has been recovered.

Neighbors said they didn't hear any gunshots go off.

Police said no one is in custody.

Area One detectives were investigating.

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