Teen from anti-violence video shot by stray bullet

By Shawn Price  |  March 29, 2016 at 12:26 AM
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CHICAGO, March 28 (UPI) -- A teen from a well-known public service video against gun violence was shot and critically wounded on Friday, Chicago police said.

Zarriel Trotter, 13, was hit in the back by a stray bullet after a fight broke out in his neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and is recovering from surgery, WLS-TV reported. His condition is not known.

Someone pulled out a gun during an argument between two groups and fired a few shots. Trotter, though is not related to either of the groups, was hit in the back.

Trotter was the only one injured and police have so far, made no arrests.

Trotter was part of a group of several African-American children and teens who appeared in an anti-gun violence public service video called Black is Human last year. He is also known as a mentor in his school.

"I don't want to live around my community where I've got to keep on hearing and hearing: People keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed," Trotter said in the video.

Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn, principal of Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, where Trotter attends, called the shooting "disheartening" and said "every morning he greets me with a big smile on his face, which makes my day."

By March 26, there have already been 46 shootings in Zarriel's district of Chicago, police said.

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