Chicago police remain unable to interview the 14-year-old victim of a Wednesday attack, who was hospitalized in critical condition following a beating on the Far North Side.
Police say the victim was chased down and beaten by a mob of teens in the Edgewater neighborhood, in an incident not unlike the one that killed 16-year-old Derrion Albert last week.
Witnesses say at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, the boy was running from three or four other teens in the 6300 block of North Paulina Street.
One of the suspects was holding a “shiny object,” according to a law enforcement source.
The victim was then struck over the head with the object and collapsed on the street, a source said. The group of suspects fled the scene, and the witness stopped to help the teen and called police.
The boy was taken in critical condition to Children’s Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for serious head injuries, authorities said.
Officials said the boy was a student at Mather High School, 5835 N. Lincoln Ave.
No one was in custody as of 1 p.m. Thursday. News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said detectives are still trying to interview the victim, but he is unable to cooperate because he remains in critical condition.