Elijah Sims

An Oak Park and River Forest High School senior was shot on Monday night in Austin, Chicago police have reported.

Elijah Sims, 16, was standing on the corner of Quincy Street and Lotus Avenue with a 15-year-old friend between 10 and 10:30 p.m. when an unidentified person came up to the boys and started shooting, according to police.

The boys were rushed to Stroger Hospital, where Sims was pronounced dead Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, according to various news reports, he would have been 17 years old.

The younger victim reportedly is in stable condition. Chicago police investigators said that the victims weren’t affiliated with any gangs and no one has been taken into custody.

Sims had worked at Pete’s Fresh Market in Oak Park for three months, according to the store’s manager.

CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com

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