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Twelve-Year-Old Johnny Maldonado Killed By Friend In Apparent Accidental Shooting

A twelve-year-old boy from Gage Park was shot dead over the weekend, apparently by a friend who was playing with a gun.

Johnny Maldonado, of the 5800 block of South St. Louis Avenue, was shot two blocks from his house, at nearby Senka Park. Police responded to a call on Sunday afternoon, when Maldonado was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He was pronounced dead there at 5:43 p.m.

The medical examiner’s office says it was reported that Maldonado’s friend was toying with a firearm around the time of the shooting, and that the death appeared to be accidental. An autopsy today and further police investigation will confirm more details in the shooting.

Sadly, Maldonado wasn’t the only child shot dead this weekend. Johnny Washington, a 16-year-old from Humboldt Park, was shot in the abdomen, also on Sunday evening. He, too, died of his wounds. No one is in custody in that case.


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