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Elgin shooting of 15-year-old believed to be gang-related

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

ELGIN — Police Tuesday continued their investigation of an apparent gang-motivated drive-by shooting that wounded a 15-year-old boy Monday night on the city’s southwest side.

The incident occurred just after 8 p.m. in the 200 block of Melrose Court.

Police said the teen was confronted by passengers of a passing car and that a verbal altercation broke out.

During the altercation, one of the car’s passengers pulled out a handgun and began firing, striking the boy once in the arm, according to police.

The teen was driven by a friend to Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin for treatment of injuries that police described as not life-threatening. The status of his condition was not available Tuesday.

Members of the Elgin Police Department’s Gang Crimes Unit were investigating the incident.

Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Gang Crimes Unit at 847-289-2645 or the anonymous tip line at 847-695-4195.

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