1:47 PM CDT, May 29, 2012
A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed while eating pizza with his older sister in the Uptown neighborhood early this morning, officials said.
The shooting happened about 2:45 a.m. in a pizza and liquor store in the 5100 block of North Broadway, according to police.
The boy was inside with his adult sister and her friend when a gunman standing on the sidewalk fired shots through the doorway, police said.
The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the face and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he later died, officials said.
The boy was identified Ivan Alanis of the 7400 block of North Western Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Police initially said the boy was 14 years old but according to the boy's family he was 13 years old.
At a press conference, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said several people were being questioned in the shooting.
"I don't know about the actual business. But I do know that unfortunately, that young man had two separate gang affiliations," McCarthy said. "So at this point, it looks like it's gang-related. Obviously, (its) very early in the investigation...We actually have offenders in custody. They have not been charged yet, so we'll have a clearer picture very shortly on that case."
The boy's father, Rogelio Alanis said he was notified about the shooting from police early this morning. He denied allegations by police that his son had been involved in a gang.
"He was a good person," said Rogelio Alanis.
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