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Police question person in shooting of boy, 3

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police are questioning a person of interest after a 3-year-old boy was shot in the head Friday night in a home on the West Side, officials said.

The gun may have been accidentally discharged by the boy or a playmate about 7:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of West Monroe, police said.

The boy was identified by family members as James Jenkins, the Sun-Times is reporting.

He was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, officials said.

A person of interest was being questioned in connection with the shooting Saturday evening, police said.

“Everybody is just in shock right now,” said Annette Garvin, the boy’s aunt. “We are trying to put everything together.”

Police were searching for the male owner of the gun, which has not been recovered.

One neighbor said two people were sitting on the front porch of the home at the time of the shooting.

“There was a boom and they ran inside,” the neighbor said.

Tammy McNeal said she was driving when she saw people running towards the middle of the block.

“Then I heard screams, ‘someone’s been shot,’” McNeal said.

Neatre Strong, the boy’s grandmother, said James was a very active child.

“He loves pizza and music,” Strong said.

Ardell Strong, the boy’s great uncle, said the youngster “was a good kid — an average every day kid who liked to play video games.”

Strong added, “This should have never happened.”

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