Cornelius "Cornbread" German was struck in the back by bullets in the backyard of a friend Monday evening, the Chicago Tribune reported.
His mother, Timika Rutledge, said she and the boy's father were to meet him at a local drugstore, but he changed his location, telling her by cellphone he would not "stand at the bus stop because there would be shooting," a reference to gang fighting in the area.
Police said they had no description of the shooter, and no arrests were made Tuesday.
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