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Police: 9-year-old boy, woman shot on porch

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Two people, including a 9-year-old boy, were trying to recover Saturday after being shot on Chicago's South Side.

Chicago police say DeShawn McKenzie and his cousin Jasmine Platt, 24, were among several people sitting on the porch of a home in the 6400-block of South Racine at approximately 10 p.m. Friday when someone approached on foot and opened fire.

McKenzie was shot in the neck and remained hospitalized Saturday in serious condition at Comer Children's Hospital. Platt was released from St. Bernard's Hospital early Saturday after receiving a graze wound to her chest. No other injuries were reported.

"We were about to leave and the next thing we heard was pow pow pow! I got on top of my cousin. Everybody was trying to get inside the house and me and DeShawn got shot in the process, going into the doorway," Platt said.

DeShawn, who is entering the third grade, is expected to survive .

No one was in custody Saturday, but Chicago police said they were looking for the shooter.

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