Boy, 10, critically injured in West Side shooting

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CHICAGO -- A 10-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot Monday night outside his family's home in the Lawndale neighborhood.

Tavon Tanner was shot in the lower back. He underwent four hours of surgery overnight at Mount Sinai Hospital and is recovering in intensive care.

His family is hoping for the best -- especially his twin, 10-year-old Taniyah Tanner. She is desperately missing her twin brother.

Tavon remains hospitalized after his twin did her best to prevent him from losing consciousness from a gunshot to the back.

Police say Tavon was standing on the sidewalk in the 3900 block of West Polk Street around 10:15 p.m. Monday when gunfire tore through the neighborhood.

His mother and other relatives were sitting out on their front porch at the time. Everyone ran into the house as soon as the shots rang out.

But then they realized Tavon was hit after he collapsed right inside the doorway.

He is expected to survive, but the road to recovery will be long.

His mother, Mellanie Washington, says her twins have always been close. Taniyah was in the house at the time of the shooting, but she is hurting just the same.

The twins are supposed to enter fifth grade soon and today was supposed to be their last day at summer camp.

Police are investigating the shooting, which may be linked to a deadly shooting a block away a few hours earlier.


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