12-year-old Chicago Boy in Critical Condition After Getting Shot While Playing Tag on Sidewalk
02/19/2016 AT 03:10 PM EST
Minutes after the 9 p.m. shooting, while the boy lay on the sidewalk, he cried, "Please help me," CBS Chicago reports.
"The boy was on a sidewalk near his home when a red SUV pulled up and the driver fired shots at the victim, striking the victim," Janel Sedevic, a Chicago police spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
The boy was rushed Thursday night to the Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. As of this morning, says Sedevic, "He has been stabilized."
A witness told CBS Chicago that said he heard two gunshots and then tires screeching as the SUV fled from the scene.
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Ernie Loza told CBS Chicago that the boy had been playing tag and that his brother ran to the victim's side after the boy was shot.
"His eyes were closed, and he was just hurting, like, 'Freddie, please help me," Loza told CBS. "Please get some help. Don't tell me this is happening.' That's heartbreaking to hear that from a little kid."
Police are unsure of a motive or if the boy was the target. Family members told NBC Chicago that the boy, who was playing outside with other, younger children, has no criminal history.
Loza told CBS Chicago that the area has gotten increasingly dangerous.
"They're messing with little kids," he told CBS Chicago. They're little kids trying to play tag. You know, when I was young, I was able to play tag. I was able to play football. I was having fun in the streets every day, every night; and now, in this neighborhood, you can't do it. You're out here playing tag, and you get shot."
"No one is in custody at this time," says Jedevic.
The shooting remains an ongoing investigation by Area Central detectives, she says.